The report proposed five draft principles focusing on protection before and during armed conflicts.
The focus of the present report is to identify existing rules of armed conflict that are directly relevant to the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts. The report therefore contains an examination of such rules. It also contains draft principles. The present report contains information on State practice based on the information received directly from States. Such information has been obtained through either the responses of States to questions posed by the Commission or their statements on the topic in the debate in the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly. In addition, information has been obtained from the official websites of States and relevant organizations. Such information is of a primary source character. As with any other topic in the Commission, such information is not comprehensive.