Deputy Leader of the Greens and Spokesperson for International Aid and Global Justice, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, today wrote to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to encourage the Australian Government to back Vanuatu’s bid to seek advice advisory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the rights of the present and the future. generations to protect from climate change.
Vanuatu’s initiative would be discussed at the Pacific Islands Forum, which Prime Minister Albanese is attending, next week.
Senator Faruqi said:
“Australia’s support for the initiative would demonstrate that the new government wants to be a climate leader rather than a climate laggard. Importantly, it would also prove to our Pacific neighbors that we have listened to them and are genuinely committed to climate justice.
“Those least responsible for the climate crisis, including countries like Vanuatu, face the worst impacts of climate change.
“An advisory opinion from the ICJ could put climate justice and human rights at the forefront of the climate change discussion and spur countries to take stronger climate action.
“Wealthy, colonial countries in the North, including Australia, bear overwhelming responsibility for causing and driving the climate crisis. It is imperative that Australia advocates for global climate justice.