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  • Writer's pictureFranca Hoffmann

UN Resolution on Climate Change: A Major Step Forward for Climate Justice


In recent years, the issue of climate change has become increasingly pressing, with the world's leaders being called upon to take action to prevent further damage to the environment. One of the key ways in which this is being done is through non-binding agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement. However, a recent resolution passed by the United Nations has called into question the extent to which these agreements can be enforced, and has been hailed as a major step forward for climate justice.


The resolution in question calls for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the legal obligations of countries regarding climate change. This will help clarify the extent of the legal obligation of countries with regards to their commitments in non-binding treaties such as the Paris Climate Agreement, and whether breaches can be challenged through litigation.


The resolution was initiated by the Pacific nation of Vanuatu, which is among the most vulnerable to but least responsible countries for the climate crisis. As a small island nation, Vanuatu is acutely aware of the devastating effects that climate change can have on a community, and has been a vocal advocate for climate justice.



By clarifying the legal obligations of countries regarding climate change, this resolution can help prevent breaches of non-binding agreements like the Paris Climate Agreement and hold those who fail to uphold their commitments accountable. It is a significant development that has been applauded as a major victory for climate justice and a step in the right direction towards a sustainable future for all.


Of course, there is still much work to be done in the fight against climate change. While the resolution is a significant step forward, it is only one part of a broader effort to create a more sustainable future for the planet. There are many other issues that need to be addressed, from reducing emissions to developing new, sustainable technologies.


However, the passing of this resolution is a clear sign that progress is being made, and that the world's leaders are taking climate change seriously.


Let's continue to work together to combat climate change and protect our planet for future generations.

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