COP26, Africa, and Climate Justice – Upcoming GCU-PACJA events

Over the last year, GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice has been working closely with the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) to share research and encourage debate on how we respond in a fair and just way to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on climate action in Africa, and the lived experiences of African communities dealing witht the dual crises of COIVD-19 and climate change. The GCU-PACJA hyrbid event “Road to COP26: Raising African voices on Climate Action & COVID-19” in Abuja, Nigeria, on 13th July was an eye-opening debate and lead to a strong call for climate justice to guide greater cooperation between the Global North and South on climate action, and solidified the message that climate change should be treated as an emergency in the same way as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following events invite academics, NGOs, officials, civil servants, and members of the public to come together and discuss ways to foreground voices from Africa and promote climate justice as an approach to the challenges of adaptation and resilience in the runup to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26.

  • Webinar: Lived experiences of African communities with COVID-19 and climate change – Thu, 30 September 2021 / 12:00 – 13:30 BST / Register here.
  • Virtual Panel: COP26 & Africa: Climate justice as a framework for climate policy – Thu, 7 October 2021 / 12:00 – 13:30 BST / Register here.
  • Policy Workshop: COP26 & Africa: Climate justice as a framework for climate policy – Mon, 11 October 2021 / 12:00 – 13:30 BST / Register here.

Contributions to these events will help to brainstorm position statements and recommend policy actions that will appear in a publicly available policy brief on adopting climate justice as a framework for ambitious and equitable climate policy. This brief will be disseminated widely and, specifically, with delegates of COP26.

The events will share new research from the research projects:

  • “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Africa” led GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice and the Pan-African Climate Justice (PACJA), and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
  • “Climate Change & COVID-19 (CCC19): Ensuring a Sustainable and Equitable Resilience in Malawi and Rwanda” led by GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice, funded by GCRF/Newton Fund Agile Response, see project website here: https://ccc19.africa/

These events are part of the GCU-PACJA colloberative project ‘Raising African voices in Scotland: Towards ambitious and equitable climate policy‘ funded by the the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

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