Training - Investigating Crimes Against the Environment, 21- 22 January 2016, Italy

Publish Date: Sep 18, 2015

Deadline: Nov 30, 2015

Event Dates: from Jan 21, 2016 12:00 to Jan 22, 2016 12:00

Investigating Crimes against the Environment


UNICRI’s Investigating Crimes against the Environment course aims to provide media and public relations professionals, as well as those planning a career in public information and journalism, with an in-depth understanding of current environmental threats to the natural environment, sustainable development and human rights.

Climate change, together with wildlife crime, illegal exploitation of natural resources and illicit trafficking and dumping of hazardous material, is putting at danger the economic, environmental and cultural lives of communities worldwide. Clear, objective and reliable journalism and information sharing are crucial to guarantee a public understanding regarding the potential global catastrophic impacts of ecological crimes and climate change on the environment and humankind.

Over the two-day course participants will deepen their knowledge of transnational organized environmental crime, corruption, natural and human factors of climate change and the role of green governance to pursue sustainable development. Journalists and communication professionals will acquire key tools to communicate environmental threats, report compelling news stories, disseminate clear information out of complex scientific issues, detect inaccurate reporting, and verify reliable sources.

Participants will also be engaged in a series of brainstorming sessions and practical exercises with eminent scientists, high-level officers and experienced journalists, expanding their professional network in a select, international setting.


Organizer: The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

Who should attend

The training is intended for journalists, chief information officers, public relations professionals, corporate communication managers and those who want to specialize in public information.

When: 21- 22 January 2016


The course is held on the United Nations Campus in Turin, Italy. The Campus is located on 10 hectares of riverside parkland and hosts other national and international organizations such as the ITCILO, UNSSC, UNESCO and SIOI. The UN Campus runs more than 450 programmes and projects for approximately 11,000 people from over 180 countries annually.

Application Form Investigating Crimes against the Environment 2016: download here

Application 30 November 2015
Notification of selected application 2 December 2015
Fees payment 9 December 2015

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Professional experience or academic background in the fields of journalism, media, institutional or corporate communication.
  • Hold at least a three-year university degree issued by an internationally recognized university in one of the aforementioned subjects (or equivalent work experience of 5 years in the area of communication).
  • Be proficient in English (both spoken and written).
  • Current students and young professionals that do not exactly fulfill all the aforementioned requirements may also be considered by UNICRI.

Attendance: Upon full completion of the workshop UNICRI will grant a Certificate of Participation.

Classes: 8 hrs per day with an additional 1hr lunch break

Participants must attend all lessons and practical sessions during the training programme to qualify for the Certificate of Participation from UNICRI.

Contact Information:

Office of the UNICRI Journalism and Public Information Programme on New Threats


Tel.: (+39) 011 6537144

Mailing address:
UNICRI Journalism and Public Information Programme on New Threats, Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10 10127 - Torino ITALY

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