The key importance of the Small Island Developing States
There are 57 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and a number of other States designated as “climate vulnerable”. These States are at the sharp end of climate ecocide (extreme weather, rising sea levels) as well as suffering ecological ecocide at the hands of corporations (eg palm oil deforestation, chemical contamination). They therefore have an immediate incentive to propose an amendment adding ecocide to the Rome Statute. And because of the one-state, one-vote structure of the International Criminal Court (ICC), they also have the collective signatory power to progress it fast.
Getting to the meeting table at the ICC is expensive however, and there will be powerful interests preferring to make backroom deals and bilateral agreements to discourage States from taking action.
This is where Mission LifeForce can make all the difference. The contribution and participation of many thousands of legal trustees across the globe shall provide the support of funds and visibility, creating a safe and transparent space for those States with the courage to take the legal fast lane. With all of us behind them, they can stand strong and move forward without compromise, in public view and with public support.
NB The key meetings here are NOT climate negotiations. The International Criminal Courts remit is international criminal law, not negotiating emissions deals or aid packages.