• Overview
  • Agenda

On 19 September 2017, during the UN General Assembly’s high-level week, France launched the Global Pact for the Environment initiative. The Global Pact would build upon, among others, the Stockholm declaration, the Rio declaration, Rio +20, the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda adopted in 2015, and the Paris Agreement which entered into force in 2016. The goal for the Pact is to codify and unite the guiding principles of environmental law into a single text with legal force.

This Geneva Environment Network event will aim to look at the contribution of the Global Pact to global environmental governance. It will inform participants on progress achieved, as well as potential risks and opportunities identified so far in the process. The specific role and contribution of the international community in Geneva in this process will also be discussed.

What changes are we witnessing in global leadership for the environment? And with hundreds of multilateral agreements already in place, what can the contribution of the Global Pact be?

What hopes do the youth of today hold for us to make “our planet great again” for a sustainable future for all, across generations in the context of the Global Pact initiative?

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10:00 am  - Networking coffee

10:30 am - Welcome and introduction

Jan DUSIK, United Nations Environment Programme, Europe Office, Director a.i.

10:35 am - Keynote presentations

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor of Law at the University of Geneva

French representative


Franz Perrez, Ambassador, Head of International Affairs Division, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

Inger Andersen, Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Executive Director of Communications & marketing, World Wild Fund for Nature

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Conventions

French representative

Youth representative

Moderation: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

11:30 am - Questions & answers

12:25 pm - Closing remarks Ibrahim Thiaw