Historic ITLOS Advisory Opinion Recognizes Ocean Pollution from Carbon Dioxide and Heat as Human-Induced

Embassy of The Bahamas, Brussels
Brussels, Belgium
21 May 2024

Press Release

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) issued a landmark Advisory Opinion recognizing human-induced carbon dioxide and heat entering the oceans as pollution, highlighting the need for global climate action.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered a historic Advisory Opinion recognizing carbon dioxide and heat entering the oceans due to human activities as pollution. The ruling emphasized the attendant duties and responsibilities to mitigate such pollution.

Justice Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, a member of ITLOS, expressed immense gratitude towards the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law (COSIS) for seeking this guidance.

Following the delivery of the Advisory Opinion, Ambassador Bazard attended two press conferences and a television interview to discuss the significance of this ruling. For The Bahamas, whose number one foreign policy priority is climate change, this decision marks a crucial step towards global climate justice.

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