The United Nations General Assembly approved May 10 a resolution establishing a framework for a global pact for the environment, an initiative put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron last September.
The resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to create a working group that is to identify, assess and come up with potential remedies for possible gaps in existing international environmental law. Its report is due to be presented to the General Assembly session starting in September 2018.
The global pact is intended to be the first international legally binding agreement to gather and harmonize all environmental laws in one document.
Although 143 of the UN's 193 member states backed the resolution, five nations opposed it — the United States, Russia, Syria, Turkey and the Philippines — while seven abstained, including Iran.
China, one of the world's two biggest polluters along with the US, was among the countries in favor of the measure.