Law

The first Latin American Congress on Environmental Law was held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, from 8-9 September 1993. The Congress examined several issues including environmental legislation; major problems and difficulties in its application; capacity building and training in environmental law; civil society participation mechanisms; government institution reforms; human rights and the environment; defence process mechanisms; environmental criminal law, and international environmental legal instruments in Latin America.

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), in conjunction with USAID's Office of Energy and the Institute of International Education (IIE), conducted a practical training course on how to develop and implement national environmental policy. The course was held in Washington, D.C. from February 1 to March 25, 1994. The course was designed for mid-level managers currently developing or administering environmental programs, legislators seeking to create environmental protection programs, resource economists, planners, public health officials, as well as private sector representatives and NGOs involved with environmental policies.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Indian Law Institute in New Delhi hosted an interdisciplinary international conference as a follow-up to UNCED and the Rights of the Child conference. "Shaping the Future by Law: Children, Environment and Human Health" was held in New Delhi from 21-24 March 1994. The conference dealt with contemporary areas including the global environmental justice movement; children; human health (and related agricultural aspects) and law and the challenges for the 21st century.