GCU debate in support of Climate Justice

18 June 2012

GCU debate in support of Climate Justice

Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, and anti-poverty campaigner Malcolm Fleming, will join experts from Glasgow Caledonian University for an evening of debate on climate justice and sustainable development issues.

The Climate Justice Perspectives for Rio+20 Debate will take place at GCU on 21st June.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has urged world leaders to make 2012 a 'year of climate justice' ahead of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, taking place in Brazil 20th – 22nd June.

At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want.

The First Minister has launched a Climate Justice Fund this week to help some of the world’s poorest communities tackle the impact of climate change.

The First Minister was joined by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to announce details of the fund. 

Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, said: "The international human rights community is increasingly recognising Scotland as a welcome and timely example of a nation dealing with climate change through the lens of climate justice." 

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)’s activities in this area include an MSc in Citizenship and Human Rights with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), work with the Mary Robinson Foundation and DfID, and research in natural resource management, gender and agricultural development. 

To register for the event, click here.

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