Tag Archives: Climate Change

16 April 2015

The Oslo Principles: States have ‘common but differentiated’ obligations to curb climate change

On 30 March 2015, a working group of current and ex-judges, advocates and professors from across the globe released the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations. The Oslo Principles seek to overcome the political impasse which has so far obstructed agreement on defining a common international approach to climate change. They aim to ‘identify and articulate a set of Principles that comprise the essential obligations States and enterprises have to avert the critical level of global warming’. ‘These principles underscore that states have moral and legal duties to take action to avert the destructive effects of climate change’, said Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale and the Director of Yale’s Global Justice Program. (more…)

Source: Legal Experts Release Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations | 30 March 2015

15 April 2015

Dutch citizens take government to court for failure to prevent harmful effects of climate change

In a ‘landmark legal case’, nearly 900 Dutch citizens have filed a claim against the Dutch government for a failure to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate climate change, and for the ‘co-creation’ a dangerous future world. The action is a case of ‘firsts’; it represents both the first attempt by European citizens to hold their government accountable for inefficient climate policies, and the first use of existing human rights law to found a claim in respect of climate change. (more…)

Source: Think Progress | In Landmark Case, Dutch Citizens Sue Their Government Over Failure To Act On Climate Change

21 March 2015

Vanuatu appeals to the international community for assistance in the aftermath of cyclone Pam

The president of Vanuatu has appealed to the international community for assistance ‘on behalf of the government and people of Vanuatu to the global community to give a lending hand in responding to … [the] calamities that have struck us’. International aid agencies have also raised the appeal. (more…)

Source: AlJazeera | Vanuatu appeals for aid in wake of devastating cyclone
Source: The Guardian | Food concerns mount in Vanuatu after cyclone Pam
Source: The Guardian | Cyclone Pam: 24 confirmed dead as Vanuatu president blames climate change

16 March 2015

Global actors convene in Sendai for United Nations Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: international cooperation vital for development and climate change agenda

A number of national and international actors are currently gathered in the Japanese city of Sendai for the United Nations Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Conference assesses ten years of global cooperation to curb the impact of disasters, and aims to update and create an effective global prevention framework that utilises a variety of sectors. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | Sendai: UN disaster risk reduction conference key to future sustainable development agenda

10 December 2014

Ban Ki-moon: ‘collective action does not match our common responsibilities’ regarding climate change

Urging the 20th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to ‘act now’, UN officials in Lima, Peru stressed that fully tackling the impacts of man-made climate change requires a transformation – not mere ‘tinkering’ with past agreements and pledges. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | Ban urges Lima conference to agree draft text as basis for 2015 climate deal

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