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    The Environmental Emergencies Centre offers a range of online and face-to-face training opportunities. For details on these training options please see below and browse our Online Learning and Training and Workshops pages.



    • Third Course on International Disaster Law - Sanremo 13 to 17 June 2016

      Venue:SanremoMonday, June 13, 2016 To Friday, June 17, 2016 (08.45 - 15.30)

      The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is delighted to announce that the Third Course on International Disaster Law will take place in Sanremo from 13 to 17 of June 2016.

      The Course is organized in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Disaster Law Project and with the support of the Italian Red Cross.

      The IDL course will offer participants an opportunity to analyse one of today’s foremost legal challenges namely the prevention and management of natural and man-made disasters.

      Lectures will be delivered by distinguished speakers including Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Special Rapporteur of the ILC on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters), Walter Kälin (former Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons), academics, as well as representatives of relevant international and national actors concerned with IDL, such as the IFRC and OCHA.

      The programme seeks to offer a comprehensive overview of the main practical, humanitarian and military issues related to the legal aspects of disaster prevention and management activities. Topics will be covered using a plenary-based approach complemented by practical exercises designed to test the participants’ ability to find outcome-oriented solutions through the application of relevant IDL provisions.

      The programme is tailored towards:

      graduate and post-graduate students with an interest in IDL; practitioners (e.g. staff of civil protection departments; staff of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; NGOs) involved in disaster management; academics; and professionals with an academic background in the areas of law, security studies, international relations, humanitarian assistance or other related fields, eager to expand their knowledge of IDL.

      Course Directors:

      David Fisher (International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) and the IDL Project coordinating team (Giulio Bartolini, Federico Casolari, Emanuele Sommario, Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani).

      Applicants are kindly requested to complete the registration.

      Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and prospective participants are therefore encouraged to apply early in order to secure a place.

      Applications will be reviewed by the Course directors. Unless all places are taken earlier, the final deadline for application is 20 May 2016. The Course is open to a maximum of 35 participants.

      The participation fee is € 600 (Euros) and must be paid within 10 days from the notification of selection.

      The fee covers the following expenses:

      - Course materials
      - Lunches and coffee breaks on Course days
      - Reception drinks and Course dinner
      - Course photo and Course certificate

      The fee does not cover any additional or sundry expenses incurred by participants such as hotel laundry or telephone calls nor travel, accommodation or any other per diem incidentals. Participants must ensure that they bring with them sufficient funds to cover their additional needs for the duration of the course, or have access to funds in Sanremo via their bank.

      Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this Course.

       - Registration Form
      Programme Brochure
      - Info International Disaster Law Course

    • Registration Open: Global Environmental Policy Programme Summer School, Geneva

      Venue:University of Geneva Institute for Environmental Sciences 66 bd Carl-Vogt | CH-1205Tuesday, April 19, 2016 To Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (08.00 - 17.00)

      An essential asset for your career.  The Executive Summer School Global Environmental Policy, provides an intensive immersion in the latest political and scientific issues on the global environmental agenda in the unique context of International Geneva.

      The Executive Summer School Global Environmental Policy provides professionals with an all-encompassing and intensive training in order to acquire a complex and intersectoral understanding of sustainable development governance and policy. The course bridges the common gap between scientific knowledge and professionnal expertise. A specific attention is given to the transfer of technical knowledge, the development of problemsolving negotiation skills, the acquisition of concrete decisionmaking abilities and the enhancement of communication skills to reach out to civil society.
      The modules provide multiple case studies tackling the impact and potential of the data revolution and the need to reach out to the larger public.

      28th August – 7th September 2016

      Registration deadline
      31st May 2016

      Registration fee
      CHF 6'800.-

      GEPP Global Environmental Policy Programme
      Contact GEPP@unige.ch
      Geneva Information http://www.unige.ch/gepp/
      ISE Institute for Environmental Sciences University of Geneva | http://www.unige.ch/environnement/fr/

    • MOOC on e-waste

      Venue:On-lineMonday, April 4, 2016 To Monday, May 30, 2016 (09:00 - 18:00)

      With our growing appetite for electrical and electronic products, combined with rapid innovation and ever-shorter product lifespans, e-waste has now become one of the fastest growing waste streams.
      This course will help you to understand why and how we must manage e-waste in an environmentally sound manner and how you can take action on e-waste in your own life, business, or organization.
      The aims of the course are to:
      - Show how sound management of e-waste can help reduce GHG emissions and prevent hazards to health and the environment in accordance with the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions;
      - Share best practices, technological innovations, and sustainable e-waste recovery and recycling business models;
      - Explore how the value in e-waste can be extracted in a way that supports the local economy and protects people’s health and the environment.
      The Course launches on 4 April 2016. Don’t miss out on this unique learning opportunity! For more information, click here

    • Education for Emergencies: Concepts and Practices

      Venue:OnlineMonday, March 14, 2016 To Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (09:00 - 18:00)

      Offered by the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, this online course seeks to clarify theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding the role of education in times of emergencies as well as educational strategies and practices essential in helping to prevent and/or overcome such emergencies, including armed conflicts and “natural” disasters.   It is now recognized that although basic needs (e.g. water, food, shelter, physical security) are vital for emergencies-affected peoples and communities, education is likewise crucial. Drawing on exemplars from diverse regions, the course will examine a range of purposes that education can and should fulfill in emergency situations as part of a holistic humanitarian response and the broader challenge of building a culture of peace relevant for refugees, internally displaced peoples, ex-combatants and other vulnerable groups such as women and children to overcome physical and psychosocial trauma and suffering caused by displacement and loss of regular educational provision. Both formal and non-formal educational approaches and contexts, as well as curriculum and   teaching-learning processes will be considered. For more information, click here.

    • CBRN Awareness course

      Venue:On-lineFriday, December 4, 2015 To Sunday, December 6, 2015 (09:00 - 18:00)

      The course, which was developed by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies within the scope of Project 10 of the European Union’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE), is addressed to officials with responsibilities in the detection, response and mitigation of CBRN risks, including border control, customs agencies, and law enforcement officers. The course serves as a valuable tool for these audiences, as well as for raising awareness among civil society and the private sector on CBRN threats and the prevalent risk mitigation strategies.

      Designed as a comprehensive learning tool, the course consists of seven instructional modules together with quizzes, tests and reference materials. The content covers a wide variety of CBRN issues, ranging from the identification of toxic chemicals, pathogens and radiological materials to estimating the probability and consequences of an incident. It also covers related issues such as export controls, in the context of dual-use materials.

      To complete the course, please go to http://cnscourseware.com/

    • Webinar: Earning Your Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance

      Venue:On-lineTuesday, December 1, 2015 To Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (13:00 - 13:45)

      Join online to learn more and lead your organisation's response to environmental challenges!
      Register to attend the webinar at: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/executive/events/registration-fc-envgov-webinar-d.html.

      The invitation is open to professionals with an interest in environmental issues.


    • New Webinar ! Managing Uncertain in WUI Emergancies: Speaker: Marc Castellnou

      Thursday, April 21, 2016 To Thursday, April 21, 2016 (10:00 - )

      The response to Wildfires that affect WUI, and the emergencies that it creates, involves the management of large amounts of information (fire potential, changing fire behavior, population in risk, resources, etc.) in a rapidly changing environment that may overwhelm emergency responders.

      This often creates a situation of “infotoxication” that slows down and sometimes hinders the decision making process by saturation. This situation forces the responders to manage uncertain generated by the “infotoxication” of fire services and responders, and in turn, increases the vulnerability of the overall situation (responders and population), limiting significantly the decision capacity.

      The WUIWATCH team is pleased to invite you to the WEBINAR: MANAGING UNCERTAIN IN WUI EMERGENCIES on 21st April online (10:00 CET)

      Click here to view the Conference room link

      Since the webinar session has limited capacity, the access will be limited to the first 100 participants.

    • Training on the Protection of Human Rights & Envrionment

      Venue:Villa Moynier (120B rue de Lausanne) - GenevaMonday, March 7, 2016 To Friday, March 11, 2016 (09:00 - 18:00)

      This training course organized by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge on how to promote environmental protection through existing human rights mechanisms.
      It is tailored for staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national environmental and human rights institutions, representatives of governments, staff of United Nations (UN) bodies and other international organizations, as well as members of academia.

      For more information on the programme and the application procedure, click here

    • Meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (SAGEE)

      Venue:Oslo, NorwayThursday, May 15, 2014 To Friday, May 16, 2014

      Members of the Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (SAGEE) will meet in Oslo to discuss the work and priorities of the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit. 

    • 9th Meeting of UNEP’s Expert Working Group on the Flexible Framework for Addressing Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness, 6-7 November 2013

      Venue:ParisWednesday, November 6, 2013 To Thursday, November 7, 2013

      The meeting aims at consolidating the experience gathered through the implementation of the Flexible Framework Initiative since 2007. The meeting will serve to collect experts’ inputs for the development of strategic options for growth of the i

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