Conference – Towards a Global Pact for the Environment

17 décembre 2018

This event will take place Wednesday 6th February 2019 from 14:00 to 18:00 in the Room A1G3 of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Launched by a vote of the UN General Assembly on May 10, 2018, the discussions are still ongoing between States on the project of the Global Pact for the Environment. As a result of an initiative of an international network of leading experts, the Global Pact for the Environment would be the cornerstone of international environmental law. A major new step after the adoption of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it would contribute to the emergence of a global legal framework that protects the environment. Following the two international covenants of 1966 – one related to civil and political rights, the other related to economic, social and cultural rights – this new Pact would establish a third generation of fundamental rights: the rights related to the protection of the environment. 

14h00 – Opening speeches
Laurent Fabius – Former President of the COP21
Daniel Calleja Crespo – Director-General for Environment – European Commission

14h30 – Using the Pact’s principles to reinforce the legal framework
Yann Aguila – Chair of the Environment Commission of the Club des juristes
Lord Robert Carnwath – Justice at the UK Supreme Court
Juliane Kokott – Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union
Luc Lavrysen – Judge at the Belgium Constitutional Court

Moderated by: Maria Magdalena Kenig-Witkowska, Professor of legal sciences, University of Warsaw

15h30 – Pause café

16h00 – Strengthening environmental rights to create new opportunities
Nicolas Beaumont – VP Sustainable development and Mobility – Michelin
Rudy De Leeuw – President of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) – Member of EESC
Patrizia Heidegger – Director of Global Policies and Sustainability – European Environment Bureau
Manoella Wilbaut – Head of Global Commercial Developments – Sustainability – DHL

Moderated by: Marie Toussaint, Former President of the NGO Notre Affaire à tous

17h00 – Closing remarks

17h30 – Cocktail

Hosted by
Pascal Durand, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Jo Leinen, Sirpa Pietikaïnen, Members of the European Parliament

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