March 2014, Algiers, People’s and Democratic Republic of Algeria. UNITAR supports junior Algerian diplomats to gain a sophisticated understanding of International Environmental Law.
Within the framework of the three-year partnership between UNITAR and the Institute for Diplomacy and International Relations of the People's and Democratic Republic of Algeria,a specialization course on International Environmental Law was held at the of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algiers in March 2014.
Twenty young diplomats gathered in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algiers to attend this three-day specialization course facilitated by high-level speakers and training experts from the University of Geneva. The specialization course provided the opportunity for junior Algerian diplomats to sharpen their understanding of the international mechanisms of environment protection and the fight against climate change. Furthermore the training facilitated for the participants to acquire a pragmatic understanding of the dynamics underlying multilateral negotiations in this field.
The content and structure of the course was as follows:
• Sunday 23 march 2014
Introduction to the applicable law of the environmental international protection (1992)
Implementation and different regulations
• Monday 24 march 2014
The international law for the protection and the management of water resources
• Tuesday 25 march 2014
The system to deal with climate changes
The environmental protection and the international investments
Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes facilitated the first day of this event. He provided participants with a comprehensive introduction to the international law applicable to environmental protection; addressing issues surrounding its implementation and disputes settlement in this area.
The second day was facilitated by Mrs. Mara Tignino, looked in depth into the international environmental law related to international rules on the protection and management of water resources.
Last but not least, Professor Makane Moïse Mbengue closed the session covering the rules of the fight against climate change and international investment in this area.
The audience provided remarkably positive comments at the end of the training session, stressing the high degree of the training quality. Participants exhibited confidence in their ability to use the lessons learned during this seminar in the context of their mandate; an objective that lies at the heart of UNITAR and IDRI partnership.