La Francophonie supports a global environmental pact

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Under the theme Living Together, the 17th Francophonie Summit took place in Armenia on October 11 and 12, 2018. After having elected the new Secretary General of La Francophonie, Madam Louise Mushikiwabo of Rwanda, the Heads of State and Government debated the role of La Francophonie in major global issues, endorsed the 2019-2022 quadrennial programming of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and agreed to hold their next summit in Tunis in 2020, year of the 50th anniversary of the OIF .

At the end of their work, the Heads of State and Government adopted the Yerevan Declaration (www.francophonie.org/IMG/pdf/som_xvii_decl_erevan_2018.pdf), in which they underlined in particular “the vital importance Environmental protection, in particular “the conservation and sustainable management of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, freshwater resources, the fight against desertification and marine litter, including the protection of the environment”. micro-plastics “, while committing to strengthen their” cooperation for the respect of the environment, the promotion of biodiversity, the sustainable consumption and production of natural resources “.

Welcoming also the resolution entitled Towards a Global Compact for the Environment (www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/72/277&Lang=F ), that the General Assembly of The United Nations adopted by May 10, 2018, the Heads of State and Government pledged to “foster the emergence of an ambitious consensus in the context of the work provided for by this resolution.” It is fortunate that the French-speaking states have thus expressed their support for this initiative aimed at setting up a universal treaty enshrining the right of all human beings to enjoy a healthy environment, echoing the Call for Action. 100 lawyers for the adoption of a Global Compact for the environment, launched in Paris on October 9, 2018 (www.leclubdesjuristes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Appel-de-100-Juristes_Pacte-mondial-pour-lenvironnement.pdf).

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