During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Bob Loffman called on the international community to urgently step up efforts to address the climate crisis, warning that its effects “sharp rapidly beyond the control of individual national governments”. getting away.”
“For us and other small island developing states, in particular, our biggest threats are global – especially climate change, the management of our oceans and of course the COVID-19 pandemic,” Laufman said.
According to the United Nations, the island chain of Vanuatu is home to approximately 250,000 residents.
“The current levels of action and support for vulnerable developing countries within the multilateral system are inadequate,” the government statement reportedly said.
The role of the International Court of Justice is “to provide advisory opinion on legal disputes and legal questions submitted to it by states, in accordance with international law,” according to its website.
The push from Vanuatu comes ahead of climate talks at the UN’s COP26 summit in Scotland in November.
Environmental advocacy group “Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change” welcomed the announcement, calling it “a huge milestone” in a Facebook post.
“We are very pleased that the Government of Vanuatu has announced that it will take #climatechange to the Supreme Court of the World,” the post said.
“Our planet is suffering and we need to join forces again to move forward, rebuild communities and save the planet, heal economies and restore hope,” Laufman said in his UNGA address.
“We must combine our efforts to address our global challenges and ensure that no one is left behind.”