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The President of Palau, Johnson Toribiong, said today that actions by individual countries are not enough to combat the effects of climate change and an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would "give us the guidance we need on what all states must do." UNTV
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STORY: ICJ / CLIMATE CHANGE
TRT: 1.40
SOURCE: UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 3 FEBRUARY 2012, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

3 FEBRUARY 2012, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau:
“The truth is that nothing we or other specific countries will do will stem the rising tides or the flood 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.”
5. Med shot, cameras
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau:
“I am pleased that deliberations on a possible resolution have begun here in New York, but there is a long way to go.”
7. Med shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau:
“Whether it gets to the ICJ or not depends upon the momentum that this initiative will create, but I think in the process, we’d like to raise the consciousness of the world community to the issue of responsibility.”
9. Med shot, cameraman
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau:
“Science is clear that the most vulnerable, like the small island states, are least responsible. It makes sense for those most vulnerable to look out for any possible solution, and in this case, having no other means other than to resort to the rule of law, I think it is in accordance to the spirit of the United Nations Charter.”
11. Med shot, journalist
12. Wide shot, dais

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President Johnson Toribiong of Palau told journalists in New York today (3 Feb) that actions by individual countries are not enough to “stem the rising tides or the flood of global emissions” and an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is an appropriate recourse that “will give us the guidance we need on what all states must do.”

The Pacific island nation of Palau announced plans in September to seek an advisory opinion from the Court on whether countries have a legal responsibility to ensure that any activities on their territory that emit greenhouse gases do not harm other states.

Along with the Marshall Islands, Palau asked the 193-member General Assembly to seek an advisory opinion – which would be non-binding – from the ICJ.

Toribiong said that he was pleased that “deliberations on a possible resolution have begun here in New York” but cautioned that there is still “a long way to go.”

He said that whether the case gets to the ICJ or not “depends upon the momentum that this initiative will create” but added that in the process, he’d like “to raise the consciousness of the world community to the issue of responsibility.”

Palau is one of several Pacific island countries that have repeatedly spoken out at the General Assembly about the impact of climate change, with rising sea levels resulting from the emissions of greenhouse gases threatening to swamp their islands.

The Palauan President pointed out that “science is clear that the most vulnerable, like the small island states are least responsible” and said that “it makes sense for those most vulnerable to look out for any possible solution.”

In recent years, rising tides have damaged coastal roads and affected crops, including taro, Palau’s staple food.

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