Workshop on a Climate Change Advisory Opinion by the International Court of Justice

The Government of the Republic of Vanuatu invites you to join a closed-door discussion on the request for an Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the obligations of states to protect the rights of current and future generations against the adverse effects of Climate Change. This closed-door discussion will be co-hosted with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

Date: 26 September 2019
Time: 12:30pm to 2:45pm (light lunch provided)
Venue: Conference Room of Commonwealth Joint Offices 685 Third Avenue, (entrance at 44th street), NY 10017

For many years, the Member Governments of the Pacific Islands have expressed grave concern over the vulnerability their nations suffer in the face of devastating effects from Climate Change.In December 2018, at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Vanuatu hosted an event with Pacific delegations to explore the legal avenues to address Climate Change. This year, the Member Governments at the August 2019 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting recognized the need to formally secure the future of their people in the face of Climate Change and its impacts, and noted the proposal for a UN General Assembly Resolution seeking an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on the obligations of States under international law to protect the rights of present and future generations against the adverse effects of Climate Change.

The aim of this closed-door workshop is to convene high-level state representatives, legal scholars, and civil society leaders to discuss and strategize on the request to the UN General Assembly.

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