The UN Global Pact for the Environment: Implications for Canada?

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2018

The UN Global Pact for the Environment is a binding treaty project, submitted to the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Although it is still in the process of being discussed and potentially modified by the Assembly State members, its text is subject to a growing attention from the international environmental law practitioners and scholars over the world. It is the fruit of a combined work between a network of international experts directed by Laurent Fabius, and the French think tank « Commission Environnement du Club des juristes ». 

On September 24th, 2018, Ottawa Faculty of Law welcomed Maître Yann Aguila as its Environmental Law Speaker Series’ guest. Maître Aguila is a member of Conseil d’État français, and of the Group of experts involved in the Pact creation. He presented the UN Global Pact for the Environment to the audience. 

His explanation was built on four thematics : the need for the Pact, the Pact origins, the principles it intends to formalize, and the Pact’s expected outcomes. 

He was followed by Will Amos (Pontiac MP), Lisa Due (David Suzuki Foundation), and Nathalie Chalifour (Centre for Ecological Law and Global Sustainability, Ottawa Faculty of law), who reacted to his comments and discussed the impact the Pact could have within a Canadian legal context. 


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