A parade to celebrate Vanuatu’s success in getting climate change to the world’s highest court will be held in Port Vila tomorrow.
The resolution seeking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to give an Advisory Opinion relating to climate change was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) without a vote. It was also the first time that a resolution seeking an advisory opinion from ICJ was adopted by consensus.
This adoption is an historic win for Vanuatu, a small nation vulnerable to climate change and disaster risks. Vanuatu was able to gain the support of over 130 countries, after several years of lobbying for the world.
The win is not only for Vanuatu; it’s for all the countries at the forefront of the climate change crisis. The initiative will accelerate climate actions globally.
The climate justice resolution was initiated b some Pacific law students at USP Emalus Campus in Port Vila. These youth then petitioned the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders to take their concern to the UN’s highest court. The Vanuatu Government launched its champion in 2021.
Tomorrow afternoon, citizens of Vanuatu in Port Vila will come together to celebrate the successful adoption of the resolution. The Public Service Commission has allowed government workers to participate in the parade.
The parade will start at 3pm from Chantilly’s at Fatumauru Bay to Independence Park. Students, public servants, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), the private sector and foreign missions will be joining the parade.
Prime Minister (PM) Ishmael Kalsakau, Foreign Affairs Minister Jotham Napat, Minister of Climate Change Ralph Regenvanu are expected to deliver remarks.