Paris, October 9, 2018 – To mark the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, 100 jurists from all over the world, amongst some of the most renowned in their field, called on States to take the next decisive step towards global environmental governance. Their objective: have the States adopt a Global Pact for the Environment that dedicates a new generation of rights and duties towards planet conservation. This engagement aims to open a new chapter in global environmental governance.
While humanity today is confronted with a unprecedented ecological crisis, the adoption of such a Pact, currently being negotiated at the UN, constitutes a global response and successfully tackles the biggest challenge of the 21st century.
The legal community is convinced, the Paris Climate Agreement was just a start. Unlike the latter, which limits itself to just the climate, the Global Pact for the Environment would be the first treaty encompassing the environment as a whole. It fills the gaps in international law where they persist while simultaneously encouraging States to act in favor of planet conservation.
Throughout this call, the legal community hopes the States will take responsibility for the future of humankind.