The Co-Chairs of the Working Group, Francisco António Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative of Portugal, and Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative of Lebanon.
The second substantive session of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group towards a Global Pact for the Environment (OEWG) will take place at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya, from 18-20 March 2019.
The provisional agenda for the second substantive session of the OEWG includes:
consideration of financing of the activities of the working group;
a discussion of possible options to address possible gaps in international environmental law; and
consideration of the provisional agenda for the third substantive session.
Regional and political groups are expected to convene informally on Sunday, 17 March.
The Co-Chairs of the Working Group, Francisco António Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative of Portugal, and Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative of Lebanon, expect that discussions at this session will focus on a discussion of possible options to address possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments. They invited delegations to make submissions during the intersessional period.
The OEWG was established in May 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in resolution 72/277, to consider a technical and evidence-based report by the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) (A/73/419) identifying and assessing possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments with a view to strengthening their implementation. The resolution also recommends, if necessary, consideration of the scope, parameters, and feasibility of an international instrument, with a view to making recommendations that may include the convening of an intergovernmental conference to adopt an international instrument. The conceptual origins of the proposal can be found in a 2015 report by the Environmental Commission of Le Club des Juristes (CDJ), “Increasing the Effectiveness of International Environmental Law: Duties of States, Rights of Individuals.”
The first substantive session took place in January 2019. See the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)summary and analysis for more details.
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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