Highlights and images for 19 March 2019



Highlights for Tuesday, 19 March 2019

View of the dais during the plenary session

Global Pact for the Environment OEWG-2 On Tuesday, delegations completed their deliberations based on four guiding questions issued by the Co-Chairs, Amal Mudallali, Lebanon, and Francisco Duarte Lopes, Portugal. The questions invited delegations to address:

  • Options to address possible gaps or challenges related to principles of International Environmental Law (IEL);
  • Options to address possible gaps related to the governance structure of IEL;
  • Options to address gaps or challenges relating to implementation of IEL; and
  • Options to address specific regulatory regimes or environment-related instruments.
  • An intensive round of bilateral activity involving advocates of a global pact also engaged the attention of delegations on the margins of the meeting in Nairobi.While some delegations continued to probe proposals for a new instrument and other related options, other delegations began to outline possible outcomes from the OEWG process, including:

  • An instrument incorporating a human rights and gender approach, and reference to planetary boundaries;
  • A compilation instrument incorporating the main principles of IEL;
  • A legally binding instrument or treaty, with provisions to safeguard or enhance environmental protection, and a list of IEL principles;
  • A high-level non-binding declaration incorporating the issues raised at the OEWG; and
  • A single outcome or an approach combining legally-binding and non-binding elements.
  • IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from the 2nd Substantive Session of the Ad Hoc Open Ended Working Group Towards a Global Pact for the Environment. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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    Co-Chair Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lebanon
    Kathryn Youel Page, US
    Vinicius Trindade, Brazil
    Kangayatkarasu Nagulendran, Malaysia
    Jean Kenfack, Cameroon
    Carmen Marques Ruiz, European Commission, with José Juste-Ruiz, Spain
    Khawla Al-Muhannadi, Environment Friends Society, and Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt
    From L-R: Lino Santacruz Moctezuma, Camila Zepeda Lizama, and Erasmo Martínez, Mexico
    Shannon-Marie Soni, Canada, and Yacouba Savadogo, Burkina Faso
    Abdelrahman Al-Gwaiz, Saudi Arabia
    Andrés Cordova, Ecuador
    Helge Elisabeth Zeitler and Gudi Alkemade, European Union
    Mariline Diara, Senegal
    Ana Peña, Peru
    Diégo Colas, with Remi Cluset, France
    Marta Juarez Ruiz, Costa Rica
    Elizabeth Taylor, Colombia
    From L-R: Co-Chair Francisco António Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Portugal; Co-Chair Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lebanon; and Jamil Ahmad, UNEP
    Yann Aguila, International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL)
    Fabienne McLellan, OceanCare
    María Caridad Balaguer Labrada, Cuba
    Stadler Trengove, UN Legal Officer
    Peter Doran, IISD Reporting Services (IISD-RS), with Anthony O'Grady, Ireland
    IISD-RS writers discussing with Yann Aguila and Marie-Cécile de Bellis, ICEL
    André Costa Lapeira and Peter Pitrez, Portugal
    Nino Gokhelashvili, Georgia
    Between Sessions


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union