A Global Pact for the Environment: Conceptual Foundations
Aguila, Y. and J. E. Vinuales, 'A Global Pact for the Environment: Conceptual Foundations' (2018) C-EENRG Working Paper 2018-1.
17 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2018
Date Written: November 15, 2018
This paper examines the current initiative towards the adoption of a Global Pact for the Environment (GPE), which is being considered by a working group established by the United Nations in May 2018. It first situates the search for a global framework instrument on environmental protection in a long-term perspective and then discusses the main reasons why such a framework is needed. Against this background, the paper presents the initiative for a GPE and the momentum it has generated in academic and policy circles. Specifically, the paper proposes an analytical framework to guide the delicate exercise of striking a balance between a range of different considerations that must be taken into account in designing such an instrument.
Keywords: Global Pact for the Environment, Resolution A/72/277, Principles of International Environmental Law, Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
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