Training available at the Environmental Emergenc…

    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.



    • Introduction to International Environmental Law

      Venue:On-lineMonday, November 2, 2015 To Monday, November 23, 2015 (09:00 - 18:00)

      The course introduces the basics of  International Environmental Law by identifying its sources and fundamental principles, the law-making process, its main actors, as well as the implementation and compliance procedures needed to understand and apply Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

      Structure and Workload

      The content is structured in 3 modules with a total of six interactive lessons.

      The course comprises approximately 25 learning hours, spread over three weeks. On average, participants should expect a workload of about 8-10 hours/week.

      Register at: http://www.unitar.org/event/introduction-international-environmental-law-1 (deadline: 30 October 2015).

    • Online Course: Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

      Venue:On-lineMonday, October 12, 2015 To Sunday, December 20, 2015 (00:00 - 00:00)

      Do you see hazards’ classification and labeling as key to your chemical safety scheme? Do you wish to acquire relevant technical know-how in this regard? Then please join UNITAR's GHS e-Learning course.

      Recognized as a key to chemical safety management and to facilitating trade, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) has become the reference for chemical hazards’ classification and communication worldwide, with almost 70 countries currently implementing it and many more planning to do so.

      The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for its Fall session of the e-learning course “Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN GHS”. Aiming at developing the technical capacities to effectively implement the GHS, this in-depth interactive course is the result of a partnership between UNITAR and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and has been peer-reviewed by authoritative experts. 

      Learning Objectives and Content

      The course is given in English and consists of four modules covering the different classes of chemical hazards. It will be moderated by internationally recognized experts with extensive experience on the topic, who will interact with the students and provide personal feedback and advices. The course is practice-oriented, with various exercises and tests for participants to be prepared to implement the GHS in their own work contexts. After completing the course, participants will be able to:

      • Describe the international policy framework for the GHS and international chemicals management;
      • Apply GHS criteria in classifying physical, health, and environmental hazards;
      • Select appropriate hazard communication elements;
      • Develop GHS-based labels and classification and labelling for safety data sheets;
      • Develop effective hazard communication strategies adapted to specific contexts.

      The course pedagogy is flexible and adapted to professionals in full-time work. It covers a period of 10 weeks and represents a total of approximately 60 to 70 learning hours.
      A UNITAR certificate will be delivered upon successful completion of the course.


      Register now for the course at the UNITAR’s Online Events Section. Registration will be open until Friday, 9 October 2015.


      For further information about the course, please contact ghs@unitar.org

    • Training on hazardous waste management in Tajikistan

      Venue:Shurob, TajikistanWednesday, June 24, 2015 To Thursday, June 25, 2015 (09:00 - 18:00)

      In June 2015 two-day training on debris and hazardous waste management was delivered in Shurob, a coal mining town in Sughd province of Tajikistan.
      The training saw participation of 16 residents (5 women and 11 men) – municipal workers, students, construction workers, electricians, unemployed, students and housewives. The first day of the training focused on occupational health and safety and risk assessments. Theory was followed by practical work in the field - while participants evaluated risks, others started moving some rubble to expand the town flood barrier. The second day focused on asbestos waste management, with training participants engaging in practical asbestos disposal activities. Additionally demolition work was initiated.
      The training was very well received by participants, with 100% rating it as excellent. However, challenges remain: many houses are in poor condition and need a detailed structural assessment before deciding whether they can be refurbished or should be demolished. Funding for this, and water supply in the town, are the priority issues.

    • National Training on Environmental Emergencies and FEAT Integration

      Venue:Yerevan, ArmeniaMonday, June 15, 2015 To Monday, June 15, 2015 (09:00 - 18:00)

      The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU) delivered a one-day classroom training on Environmental Emergencies and FEAT Integration for the teaching staff of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations (MoTAES) Crisis Management State Academy, representatives of MoTAES, regional Aarhus Centers, DRR National Platform of Armenia, UNICEF, Oxfam and students of the American University of Armenia. 
      The Training was attended by 41 participants and covered the following modules: Introduction to Environmental Emergencies, International Response, Technological Hazards and Disasters, Introduction to Flash Environmental Assessment Tool (FEAT) and practical exercises, Preparing for Environmental Emergencies and the Environmental Emergencies Centre. Participants appreciated the interactive nature of the training and showed interest in using training materials in their own trainings and programmes. 
      The training contained a lot of group work and desktop exercises focusing on environmental emergencies preparedness and response and understanding the FEAT methodology (how to use the FEAT tables). At the end of the training, representatives of each institution filled out the Training Needs Assessment Form which will enable the JEU to conduct a Training of Trainers (ToT) in Armenia preliminary scheduled for early October 2015. 

    • Technical mission on the use of Flash Environmental Assessment Tool

      Monday, January 26, 2015 To Friday, January 30, 2015

      This technical mission will be held in Armenia from the 26th to the 30th of January 2015 and will focus on the use of FEAT to identify industrial hazards and develop preparedness actions.

    • UNDAC Consolidation Course

      Venue:Spiez, SwitzerlandMonday, December 8, 2014 To Friday, December 12, 2014

      The UNDAC Consolidation Course for mainly European UNDAC members as well as OCHA staff, will take place in Spiez from Monday 8 to Friday 12 December. The course aims to provide the members with a full update of the UNDAC methodology and wider humanitarian development and will allow them with familiarize with the new tools such as the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool (FEAT), and assessment tools. The course will include a desktop exercise based on the Scenario of typhoon "Haiyan" that struck the Philippines in November 2013. In this desktop exercise the different groups will have the opportunity to exercise around focus topics like UN-CMCoord, environmental emergencies, information management in support of national authorities, USAR and Foreign Medical Team Coordination and capital level coordination


    • 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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