Bangladesh Argues for ICJ Hearing on Climate Change Damages

Posted on September 26th, 2012 by Anne Siders


Al Jazeera English reported on efforts by Bangladesh and other small island nations to petition the UN General Assembly to request a hearing by the International Court of Justice on accountability for climate change. Bangladesh views an ICJ decision as a way to hold industrialized nations accountable for damages caused by climate change. Michael Gerrard, Director of the Center for Climate Change, commented that although an ICJ decision would not be legally binding, it would have moral authority and could change the nature of the debate at future international efforts to respond to climate change.

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  1. Lawmakers from coastal constituencies formed “Bangladesh Climate Change Action Group” in a move to address the adverse impact of climate change.

  2. Bangladesh Climate Change is big problems for all Bangladeshi people. already we suffer for this, but our government don’t take any necessary action for it….

  3. Hopefully countries can come together and enact some change in regards to global warming.

  4. When a country like Maldives buy land in another country, I think you get the idea, how bad it is. Alas, the rich country who are most responsible for the climate change, does not care.

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