‘A win for climate justice of epic proportions’: UN vote could push countries to take climate action


The United Nations General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on climate justice on March 29, 2023. The resolution, which was proposed by Vanuatu, calls on the world’s highest court, the International Court of Justice, to clarify states’ obligations to tackle the climate emergency.

The resolution was adopted by a vote of 138 to 1, with 41 abstentions. The United States, Russia, China, India, and Brazil were among the countries that voted against the resolution.

The resolution is a major victory for climate activists, who have been calling for more ambitious action to address climate change. It is also a sign of growing international consensus on the need to take action on climate change.

The resolution asks the International Court of Justice to provide an advisory opinion on the legal obligations of states under international law to address climate change. The court’s opinion would not be binding on states, but it would be a powerful tool for holding countries accountable for their actions on climate change.

The resolution is a landmark step forward in the fight against climate change. It is a sign that the world is finally waking up to the urgency of the crisis.

The resolution has been welcomed by climate activists, who say that it is a necessary step to hold polluting countries legally accountable for failing to address the climate emergency.

However, some have criticized the resolution, saying that it is too little, too late. They argue that the world needs to take more urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and that the resolution does not go far enough.

Despite these criticisms, the resolution is a significant step forward in the fight against climate change. It is a sign that the world is finally waking up to the urgency of the crisis, and that it is willing to take action to address it.

Read more at: https://www.euronews.com/green/2023/03/29/international-court-of-justica-gets-closer-to-ruling-on-states-climate-policies

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