Vanuatu Island community declares weather emergency

Vanuatu Island community declares weather emergency

The country of 300,000 people was affected Two strong hurricanes And the devastating drought of the last decade.

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State at the forefront of climate crisis. The Vanuatu archipelago declared a climate emergency on Friday, May 27 and announced a $ 1.2 billion plan to mitigate the effects of the crisis.

In his address to Parliament, Prime Minister Bob Lofman reminded that sea level rise and violent weather events have already affected the Pacific region. “The earth is already very hot and insecureHe announced. We are in danger now, not just in the future.

Vanuatu, an island nation of 300,000 people, has been hit by two hurricanes and a devastating drought in the past decade.

The statement came as Vanuatu spearheaded a diplomatic campaign to seek legal opinion from the United Nations’ highest court, the International Court of Justice, on the consequences of global warming.

While a legal opinion from the ICJ is not necessary for the emergence of international legislation for future generations on the physical and humanitarian effects of global warming, the small Pacific state expects it. The initiative will be discussed at the UN General Assembly in September.

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