Last weekend in Suva a coalition of civil society organisations – including my own Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change – attached a floating banner to a traditional vaka spelling out in large red letters on the ocean surface: Endorse the AO! In Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and even the West Papuan community in the Netherlands, activists and their organisations showed solidarity by joining together, all making the same demand.

I am excited and humbled to learn today that our demand has not only been heard, but will now be acted on by Australian, New Zealand and Pacific leaders. The Communique of the 51{sup}st{/sup} Pacific Island Leaders Meeting has now “endorsed the recommendation for PIF Leaders to call on the UN General Assembly for a resolution requesting the International Court of Justice to provide an advisory opinion on the obligations of states under international law to protect the rights of present and future generations against the adverse impacts of climate change”.

This Opinion is written by Romabeth Siri, the Vanuatu based campaigner for the Pacific Student Fighting Climate Change (PISFCC). The main objective behind this piece is to educate the Ni-Van public about the purposes of the ICJ AO campaign, its significance and potential implications on climate litigation.

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