The Vanuatu archipelago wants to bring the climate crisis to international justice


The Pacific State hopes that an opinion from the ICJ hopes will contribute to the emergence of international legislation on the material and human consequences of disturbance climate.

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The archipelago of Vanuatu announced, Friday, September 24, that it intends to campaign for a joint approach before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in order to obtain a legal opinion from the highest court of the United Nations on the consequences of the climate crisis. Although an ICJ opinion is not binding, the small Pacific state hopes it will contribute to the emergence of international legislation on the material and human consequences of climate change, its government said.

As a single state cannot seek legal advice from the ICJ at The Hague, Vanuatu will endeavor to mobilize other countries to vote in favor of this initiative at the next UN General Assembly in September 2022, a said a spokesperson. He said the nation would coordinate its efforts with other Pacific island countries and countries with similar climate concerns.

This archipelago of 300,000 inhabitants has been hit by two category 5 cyclones in the past five years and is threatened by rising sea levels. “Episodes of devastation caused by climatic events are no longer exceptional, on the contrary, they are rapidly becoming the norm for all island countries, as in other countries and regions”the government said in a statement.



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