Island nation's landmark legal challenge on climate change

Initiatives such as Vanuatu’s seek to hold polluting governments and companies around the world to account

Members of the UN Ocean Conference pose for a group photo at Altice Arena in Lisbon on June 27, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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A low-lying Pacific nation of 83 islands, Vanuatu, is taking the lead on climate change - it is seeking legal protection from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and is presenting a motion at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) later this year to do this.

What Vanuatu - with a population of just 300,000 people - is seeking from the ICJ is a ruling on climate-related violation of human rights.

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