The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions are multilateral environmental agreements, which share the common objective of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes. The Basel Convention was created to protect people and the environment from the negative effects of the inappropriate management of hazardous wastes worldwide. It is the most comprehensive global treaty dealing with hazardous waste materials throughout their lifecycles, from production and transport to final use and disposal; the Rotterdam Convention provides Parties with a first line of defence against hazardous chemicals and pesticides. It promotes international efforts to protect human health and the environment as well as enabling countries to decide if they want to import hazardous chemicals and pesticides listed in the Convention; the Stockholm Convention is to protect human health and the environment from highly dangerous, long-lasting chemicals by restricting and ultimately eliminating their production, use, trade, release and storage.
The position is located in the Governance Branch of UNEP’s Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in Geneva. The Branch is responsible for the overall management of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties and those of their subsidiary bodies, among other programmatic functions. The internship is for six (6) months. The Internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 – 40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.