The Global Pact for the Environnement [fr]
"It is now time to take this fight ever further and to act decisively at the right scale, the global scale. The United Nations is the right framework for this.” M. Emmanuel Macron, French President– 24 June 2017
On 24 June 2017, the French President introduced a « new step after the Paris Agreement » to a group of internationally renowned jurists, with the aim to start working on a Global Pact for the Environment.
Emmanuel Macron will launch this high-level project at a Summit in September 2017 during the United Nations General Assembly.
With threats to our environment increasingly impacting the survival of mankind and of our planet, it is urgent to act and build a sustainable future.
Experts have highlighted a clear legal challenge: international environment law is fragmented in many conventions and international declarations. That’s why France offers the international community an opportunity to develop a single and more coherent text.
The Global Pact for the Environment will be the first international legally binding document, gathering and harmonizing all environmental laws in one single document. Its objective is to be an essential tool for governments to help them implementing environmental rules and principles in their own country.
The Global Pact for the Environment is the continuation of the Rio declaration, Rio +20, 2030 Agenda adopted in 2015 and of the Paris Agreement which entered into force in 2016:
The 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals establishes a link between the fight against extreme-poverty and the fight to preserve our planet. Harmonizing international environmental law, like the Global Pact is advocating, will make the implementation of the 2030 Agenda easier.
The Paris Agreement addresses climate change. Adopting the Global Pact for the Environment would be a complementary step: it would help define the fundamental principles of international environmental law.
September 2017: Launch of the Global Pact for the Environment at the United Nations General Assembly
Emmanuel Macron will launch the Global Pact for the Environment’s project with a “launch summit” on 19 September 2017, during the UN General Assembly’s high-level week.
This initiative launched by France will be open and inclusive. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Laurent Fabius will both attend this summit. All Heads of state and government and representatives from civil society and private sector will also be invited to participate and support this initiative.
The main summit’s objective is to launch an important consultation in order to elaborate the Pact.