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Adam’s Madrid Partner and Chairman of Adam’s Advisory Council, Mr. Héctor Rodríguez Molnar, in his capacity as Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the Spanish Foundation for Environmental Law and Policy will be responsible for coordinating, organizing and overseeing, - in cooperation with the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL) with seat at Bonn - the meetings of the Committee for the updating of the Draft International Covenant on the Environment and Development of the UN Commission on the Environment that will take place in Madrid in the first semester of 2015 under the Presidency of Dr. Wolfgang K. L. Burhenne.

The Draft Covenant is a blueprint for an international framework (or umbrella) agreement consolidating and developing existing legal principles related to environment and development. Since the publication of the second edition in 2000, there have been important developments in the field of international environmental law. This revised edition takes account of these changes, following a review of important new treaties and soft law documents, including the Johannesburg Declaration and Plan of Implementation. This publication serves as an authoritative reference and checklist for legislators, civil servants and other stakeholders worldwide when drafting new (or updating existing) policies and law.

The Draft Covenant was launched at the United Nations Congress on Public International Law, New York, 13-17 March 1995. Revised text presented on the occasion of the closing of the UN Decade of International Law, 54th session of the UN General Assembly, 17 November 1999. 3rd ed. presented on the occasion of the 59th Session of the UN General Assembly. Fourth edition was conveyed to the UN Member States on occasion of the High Level Event on Biodiversity on 22 September 2010 during the 65th UN General Assembly.

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