UNGA sets up team for negotiations on Global Environment Compact

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to set up a working group for negotiations aimed at creating a Global Pact for the Environment, a legally binding international instrument.

The resolution sponsored by France won the support of 143 countries. Iran, the Philippines, Russia, Syria, Turkey and the United States voted against it. Six other countries abstained while several states did not vote.

The resolution requests UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to submit to the General Assembly a report that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments with a view to strengthening their implementation.

The resolution requests UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to submit to the General Assembly a report that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments with a view to strengthening their implementation.

It decides to establish an ad hoc open-ended working group to consider the report, and if deemed necessary, to consider the scope, parameters, and feasibility of a Global Pact for the Environment.

The resolution requests the current president of the General Assembly to appoint two co-chairs of the working group — one from a developing country and one from a developed country — to oversee its consultations.

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