In Sorbonne, on June 24, 2017, French President E.Macron presented draft Global Pact for the Environ-ment, developed by a group of experts under guidance by Laurent Fabius (chair of the Constitutional Council, former French minister of foreign affairs). The presentation was attended by a number of former and active politicians, including ex Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon and California ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This intuitive to propose a new pact apparently has foreign policy motives, since its presentation took place in the context of US-France disagreements over climate change issues and just days before the visit of Trump to Paris in July 2017. It has been reported recently that Macron plans to further promote the pact by submitting it to the UN General Assembly in autumn this year. This will be preceded by a special one-day conference at Columbia University (New York, USA).

Draft Global Pact for the Environment is, on substance, a complex internal law instrument. Despite being reported as an instrument defining fundamental environmental rights for humanity, its provisions in fact deal with a wide range of international environmental law issues: from climate change to well-known principles of environmental law (precaution, polluter pays, etc). Yet, human rights play a central role in the draft pact, which integrated current all achievements of international law on this issue.