Environment - The Goal of the Global Pact for the Environment (5 September 2017)

For France, the goal is to bring together and expand the basic principles of environmental law. It is to be both legally binding and general, enunciating all the basic environmental rights it is designed to protect and the major principles of environmental law that must guide the actions of the States parties.

What is the goal of the Global Pact for the Environment?

On June 24, while attending a conference at the Sorbonne titled “Toward a Global Pact for the Environment. Action for the planet, action through law,” the President pledged to join with concerned nations to submit a draft of a global pact for the environment. The Quai d’Orsay mobilized its efforts to achieve this initiative.

The idea of a global pact for the environment is based on the recognition of the fragmented nature of international environmental law. Given the rise of threats to our environment on a planetary scale, and fueled by the momentum of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we believe it is necessary to gather within a single text the various elements that make up international environmental law and to supplement them in light of new challenges. This initiative is both complementary to and distinct from the Paris Agreement, because it bears on all environmental problems, not just the climate. It is intended to be open and inclusive.

For France, the goal is to bring together and expand the basic principles of environmental law. It is to be both legally binding and general, enunciating all the basic environmental rights it is designed to protect and the major principles of environmental law that must guide the actions of the States parties. It is based on already existing agreements and declarations, and those enshrined in international law.

On September 19, during the ministerial week of the 72th session of the UN General Assembly, France will host a summit in New York on the Global Pact for the Environment.

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