On February 27, the latest draft of the 2022 Declaration was released by the United Nations Environment Programme.
A week earlier, from February 16 to 18, UN Member States had held a third and final session of negotiations on the declaration mandated by UN General Assembly resolution 73/333.
These negotiations were extended until Sunday night, 27 February, following the inability of the States to find common ground within the allotted time. This declaration is intended to be adopted at the “UNEP@50” summit, which aims to commemorate the 50th anniversary of UNEP, on 3 and 4 March 2022.
Despite more than two years of negotiations, this text is ultimately devoid of truly ambitious proposals, despite some interesting provisions.
Indeed, opposition to environmental rights has not waned despite significant advances (1). Nevertheless, this last draft has ultimately dispelled the risk of regression (2).