Online Capacity-building Workshop for Stakeholders

10 - 18 September 2020

Asia-Pacific Regional Workshops: Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th September 2020
Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM India Standard Time on both days. IST is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+5:30).  REGISTER HERE

European Regional Workshops: Thursday the 17th and Friday the 18th September 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Central European Time (CET) on both days. CET is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).  REGISTER HERE

Latin-America Regional Workshops: October 2020, dates to be confirmed.  Note that the two workshops for the Latin-America Region will be conducted in Spanish.

Day 1 – 4 hours

Session 1
1. Understanding UNEA and UNEP, including the Committee of Permanent Representatives, their structure, and history.
2. UNEP’s Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Work.
3. The role of Stakeholders in UNEP and UNEA.

Session 2
1. National and Regional Processes.
2. Attending UNEP and UNEA, and engaging effectively with UN Member States.
3. What it’s like to be a member state representative, and how to engage best.

Day 2 – 4 hours

Session 3
1. How to draft a resolution for a UN meeting.
2. Working with the Media (traditional and social)
3. Fundraising tips.

Session 4
1. Multi-stakeholder Partnerships and Partnerships to deliver the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Works.
2. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 73/333, formerly known as the Global Pact for the Environment.
3. Relevant other processes, such as human and environmental rights, and the United Nations organizations linked to them.


Jan-Gustav Strandenaes began working with the UN on environment and governance in the 1970s. He has been lecturing about the UN for 20 years, worked for NGOs at the United Nations in New York during the Commission on Sustainable Development years, and has carried out multiple assignments for UNEP. Earlier in his career, Jan-Gustav worked as a diplomat for Norway’s foreign office in Botswana and Uganda and later on directed a large aid and environment NGO in Norway for two decades.

Leida Rijnhout has been programme coordinator of Resource Justice and Sustainability at Friends of the Earth Europe. In her position as Executive Director of ANPED and director Global Policies at the EEB, she facilitated and coordinated the global NGO community to realize their active engagement in United Nations processes on Sustainable Development and Environment.

Felix Dodds is an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Sciences and Engineering and a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina. He is also Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. Felix was the co-director of the 2014 and 2018 Nexus Conferences on Water, Food, Energy, and Climate at UNC, is a prolific author on the subject of global sustainability and was the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum from 1992 to 2012.