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Vanuatu’s president Nikenike Vurobaravu said the nation and its coalition partners are seeking a deferral of the vote on the climate justice initiative to the end of 2022, in order to allow more time to lobby for a simple majority vote.

The request for more time is essential to gain more political support from other United Nation states, to meet the required UN simple majority vote.

“According to the draft plan, the issue of the International Court of Justice will be brought up in the UN agenda on October 27. Vanuatu and its coalition partners in the region will be seeking a deferment on the vote till the end of the year, at that time,” he said at a national event in Vanuatu on Friday.

Nikenike Vurobaravu as the High Comissioner to Fiji with the former president of Fiji Jioji Konrote. Picture Fijian Government
Nikenike Vurobaravu as the High Commissioner to Fiji with the former president of Fiji Jioji Konrote. Picture: Fijian Government

“We will ask for a deferment to allow us to do more consultation. This deferment is important because if we convert political support in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, we believe we will come closer to the required simple majority vote. But to be sure, we need to lobby more hard.”

He said a majority vote requires a vote from just over half of the UN members.

The members of the Pacific Islands Forum have agreed to put their support behind the initiative and so have the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), African and the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

There are numerous civil society groups who are backing this well but Vanuatu and its partners feel more needs to be done to ensure that this initiative is voted on and endorsed.

Vanuatu is leading the Pacific in this global climate justice campaign pushing for a climate change advisory opinion from the UN’s highest court, the ICJ, on responsibilities for climate change under international law.

On International Youth Day PISFCC stood in solidarity with Fridays for Future climate activists on the ICJAO campaign. Picture : Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change Twitter
On International Youth Day PISFCC stood in solidarity with Fridays for Future climate activists on the ICJ campaign. Picture: Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change Twitter

A legal statement from ICJ will not win reparations for climate victims but will provide clarity on the obligations of major emitters to protect the rights of present and future generations against climate change harm. The proposal must have strong support from other alliances or countries to pass a UN General Assembly resolution to forward the matter to the IJC.

As part of exploring the UN structure and voting processes, Mr Vurobaravu and Fiji’s Prime Minister and Chair of PIF, Voreqe Bainimarama will be meeting world leaders including the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to decide on a vote timeline.

The Pacific leaders are also supposed to meet with United States president Joe Biden before the United Nations General Assembly and he would be asked to support this initiative.

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