International Council of Environmental Law
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  • Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
  • Stakeholder type: Major Group
  • Name: International Council of Environmental Law
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Keywords: General Assembly (1 hits), UNGA (7 hits),

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RECOMMENDATION N6

PACT ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

Having examined the actual status and content of the draft for an International Covenant on Environment and Development which includes a large number of principles accepted by consensus since the Stockholm Conference,

Noting that the draft International Covenant on Environment and Development was introduced to the international community in 1995 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations, Recognizing the contribution of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the International Council of Environmental Law ?toward sustainable development- (ICEL) in the formulation and promotion of this initiative;

Considering that the draft Covenant contributes to the development of international environmental law, and aims to build a real sustainable development law; Noting with satisfaction the progress made since the initial presentation of the draft International Covenant on Environment and Development, which has since undergone three revisions to periodically update it in accordance with the newest developments in the field;

Deeply concerned by the continuing lack of a version of the draft Covenant in other working languages of the United Nations, particularly in French; Convinced that the French translation of the draft Covenant is of paramount importance to Francophone developing countries, which have an important role to play in the process of adopting such an instrument;

The Third Worldwide Conference of Environmental Law NGOs and Lawyers in Limoges (France), September 29-1 October, 2011:

1. Welcomes the draft International Covenant on Environment and Development, and recommends its adoption;

2. Decides to recommend it strongly to the attention of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for discussion and adoption;

3. Provides for such purposes that the UNGA, through a Member State, embrace the draft Covenant and introduce it as an official document to ensure its translation into the working languages of the United Nations;

4. Draws the attention of the International Organization of La Francophonie to the urgent need for a French translation before the Rio+20 Conference, to facilitate discussions within the Francophone community;

5. Recommends that the UNGA, upon recommendation of the 6th Committee, directly adopt the draft International Covenant on Environment and Development in Plenary;

6. Notes that several states have used the draft Covenant as a check list for their national legislation, especially African Union (AU) Member States;

7. Further Notes that AU Member States have concretely used the draft Covenant as a basis for the revision of the 1968 African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and that all Heads of State and Government adopted this Revised African Convention (Maputo Convention) at the Second Summit of the African Union in 2003;

8. Invites AU Member States to quickly ratify the Revised African Convention adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the Second Summit of the African Union in Maputo in 2003;

9. Proposes that if adoption of the draft International Covenant on Environment and Development by the UNGA in Plenary is not possible, the UNGA establish, under its aegis, an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the negotiation and adoption of such an instrument, taking into account proposals that could be submitted by the States participating in the negotiation process, so that the Convention be developed by June 2014;

10. Urges the adoption of a resolution by the UNGA to quickly consider the establishment of conditions for the adoption of the draft International Covenant on Environment and Development, in accordance with the established practices of the UNGA;

11. Requests the Secretary-General, as soon as possible, to bring the draft Covenant to the attention of the UNGA for its consideration and adoption;
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