Become a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

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As a Small Island Developing State in the Pacific, Tuvalu is witnessing first-hand the impacts of climate change. In spite of international agreements, Tuvalu continues to suffer from rising sea levels, risking its territory due to global warming. Criminalizing ecocide, a root cause of the climate crisis, is a way to change the ground rules of our system, and uplift the voices of Tuvaluans and Pacific islanders. How? In the voting system of the International Criminal Court, their voice matters as much as any larger Nation (1 state = 1 vote). This is why we want the Tuvaluan government to become the 124th State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

For this, Stop Ecocide International is supporting the Saving Tuvalu Global Campaign to raise awareness and harness public support, calling on the Tuvaluan government to join a growing global conversation to criminalize ecocide as the fifth crime against peace under the Rome Statute.

This petition aims to unite both Tuvaluans and fellow Pacific Islanders – directly on the frontlines of the climate crisis with rising sea levels – with international allies advocating for climate action.

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Add your name and digital signature to support Tuvaluans adding their voice to the global conversation on making #ecocide an international crime.


“An amendment of the Rome Statute could criminalise acts that amount to ecocide. We believe this radical idea merits serious discussion in the face of recent scientific evidence showing that climate change poses an existential threat to civilizations. At the same time, we call on the Office of the Prosecutor to ensure that climate-damaging conduct that amounts to international crimes is effectively investigated and prosecuted.”

– Ambassador John Licht of Vanuatu

In 2016, Polly Higgins, visionary UK barrister and co-founder of the Stop Ecocide campaign, first accompanied Vanuatan dignitaries to the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties in The Hague, Netherlands. This diplomatic and legal relationship contributed 3 years later to Vanuatu’s courageous intervention at the ICC’s Assembly in December 2019, as becoming the first nation to call for serious consideration of an amendment to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to include a crime of ecocide.

The Maldives followed a few days later, with the statement from Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Climate Change and Environment. “It is time justice for climate change victims be recognised as part and parcel of the international criminal justice system.”