GCU London dialogue highlights Climate Justice agenda

03 October 2014

GCU London dialogue highlights Climate Justice agenda

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change, is to present a keynote address at the concluding stakeholder event to gather evidence informing the Climate Justice agenda hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

The Centre for Climate Justice, in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is holding the third and final event in the series of ‘Achieving Climate Justice’ dialogues. 

‘Achieving Climate Justice: Agenda for Action’ takes place on October 9 at GCU’s London campus in Spitalfields.

The Climate Justice evidence base is being collated in the run up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in 2015, which will be implemented from 2020. 

Paul Wheelhouse will discuss ‘Creating an Agenda for Action’, detailing the experiences of the Scottish Government in the area of climate change including the Climate Justice Fund supporting the development of climate adaptation solutions.

GCU is a partner in the Scotland Lights up Malawi campaign, launched by Mr Wheelhouse and Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, an organisation set up in 2009 in response to the Scottish Government’s climate change targets.

Mr Wheelhouse is a professional economist and, for 19 years until he was elected in 2011, he specialised in research in higher and further education markets, economic and education policy evaluation and in economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects, including low carbon projects.

John Carstensen, Head of Profession for Climate and Environment at DfID, and John Ashton CBE, former Special Representative for Climate Change at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will also present to a range of high profile attendees from civil society, the business sector, the Scottish Government and UK universities.

Katharine Knox, Policy and Research Programme Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of the Centre for Climate Justice, who work on climate justice issues in the UK and internationally are coordinating the event.

In partnership with the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice (MRFCJ), the Centre has taken a global lead in creating a repository for the collection and collation of researched data within the increasingly crucial field of climate justice.

Building on this work, GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice places social and environmental justice at the heart of research, education and advocacy in the field of climate change.

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