The genesis of the pact

Meeting of the GEP on 23 June 2017

The adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 created a momentum for protecting the planet. At the same time, the seriousness of environmental harms reinforces the need to move forward.

It is now time to take a decisive step forward with the adoption of a global environmental pact. This international treaty aims to cluster in a single document with legal force the major principles that guide environmental actions.

The Global Pact for the Environment project has been developed through an international network of over one hundred leading experts who represent every continent. This “Group of Experts for the Pact” (GEP) is chaired by Laurent Fabius, President of the French Constitutional Court and former President of the COP21, and mobilized by the Environment Commission of the Club des Juristes, the first legal think tank in France.

On June 24, 2017, the Pact project was introduced in Paris at an international event organized by the Club des juristes in the Grand Amphithéâtre of the Sorbonne, with many personalities committed to the protection of the planet attending, including Laurent Fabius, Ban Ki-moon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mary Robinson, Anne Hidalgo, Laurence Tubiana, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal and Nicolas Hulot.

Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, committed on this occasion to introducing the Global Pact for the Environment project to the United Nations General Assembly.


The project is presented to the UN on September 2017.