The UN General Assembly will seek the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the obligation of countries to address climate change. This was following the adoption by consensus of a resolution put forward by the cyclone-battered Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu.
Although the advisory opinions of the ICJ are not legally binding, they carry legal authority and moral weight. A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global temperature rise needs to be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The ICJ’s advisory opinion has the potential to:
- Be an important catalyst for an urgent, ambitious, and equitable climate action
- Help initiate action to stop global heating and to limit and remediate climate-induced human rights harms
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