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International Court Of Justice To Weigh In On Climate For First Time

In a major diplomatic win for a Pacific nation extremely vulnerable to the climate crisis, the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to deliver a first-ever advisory opinion on climate change and human rights. The resolution, championed by Vanuatu, will ask the ICJ to clarify for the nations of the world what they are obligated to do under international law to protect the environment and human rights from the impacts of clearing forests and burning fossil fuels. “Today we have witnessed a win for climate justice of epic proportions,” Vanuatu Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau said in a video statement.
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