Palau seeks World Court opinion on climate change

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is being asked to give an opinion on whether all nations have the responsibility to ensure that emissions of greenhouse gases on their territories don't harm other nations.

The initiative is being spearheaded by the small Pacific island nation of Palau.

President Johnson Toribiong of Palau warned on Friday that within a generation, rising seas threaten to swallow entire countries along with their unique histories, languages and cultures.

Speaking at the UN in New York, he said in order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases which are blamed for climate change, his country will generate 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources.

"But the truth is that nothing we or other Pacific countries will do will stem the rising tides or the floods of global emissions. We need everyone to buy in or it won't work. An ICJ advisory opinion will give us the guidance we need on what all states must do. I am pleased that deliberations on a possible resolution have begun here in New York but there is a long way to go."

Duration: 25"

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