In September 2017, the French President proposed, before the United Nations, to adopt a global pact for the environment to give greater force to the major principles of international environmental law.
Responding to this call, the UN General Assembly created an intergovernmental working group in May 2018. After three sessions of dialogue in Nairobi, this group adopted recommendations by consensus to strengthen international environmental law. A political declaration is to be adopted at a high-level conference as part of the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Stockholm Conference; preparations will take place during the UN Environment Assembly in 2021.
France welcomes the result reached in Nairobi thanks to strong efforts by the French and Europeans. This is a step forward toward the international community’s adoption of an instrument to strengthen governance and international environmental law. France will continue to work hard to achieve the most ambitious possible result.