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Make UN global Pact work

The U.N. General Assembly voted on May 10 to take a first step toward establishing a Global Pact for the Environment, a decision the US, Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Philippines opposed [1].

A report and a working group to discuss possible options and making recommendations to the assembly in 2019 that could include holding a conference “to adopt an international instrument ” is under way.

These developments are in continuation with the COP21 climate agreement and the Global Pact for the Environment initiated by France in 2017.

Furthermore, the 17 sustainable developmental goals (SDGs) set the course to transform our world by 2030. It’s early days, but momentum is building, according to UNDP [2].

The building of such instruments requires intersecting in an actionable manner the following notions : planetary and social boundaries [3], and planetary health [4]. Indeed, humans are strongly health-minded, and are individually and collectively resource-driven, but frame resources incorrectly because public and private resources are unsustainably managed. Resources, including the human resource, are the matrix of economic and political power systems, of history’s ups and downs. They now constitute a hidden global challenge of our time.

We have therefore designed a resource-centered approach that promotes human rights and duties in the public interest through resource justice and environmental responsibility [5]. That framework is simple and universal and is meant to catalyze the diplomatic and political process envisaged by the Global Pact for the Environment by mobilizing existing UN institutional organizations and instruments [6].

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Ioan Negrutiu, May 14, 2018

Publié ou mis à jour le 14 mai 2018


[3Raworth K. A Safe and Just Space for Humanity : Can we live within the doughnut ? Oxfam Discussion Paper. 2012.

[4Whitmee S, Haines A, Beyrer C, et al., Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch : report of The Rockefeller Foundation. Lancet Commission on planetary health. Lancet 2015 : 386(10007) : 1973–2028.

[6Acunzo D, Escher G, Ottersen OP et al. Framing planetary health : Arguing for research-centred science. Lancet Planetary Health 2018 : 2 : e101-e102 (lire pdf dans