GCU's Climate Justice work to be highlighted at international conference

28 May 2013

GCU involved in international Climate Justice conference

GCU involved in international Climate Justice conference

Glasgow Caledonian University's (GCU) Climate Justice repository, a global first, will be highlighted at the International Conference on Climate Justice in October.

The conference, taking place at Dynamic Earth, will bring together international businesses, civic society and leading thinkers from across the globe to collaborate on climate justice - a central issue for human rights in the 21st century - complementing the economic case for a swift transition to a low carbon economy.

Dr Tahseen Jafry, based in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Sustainable Urban Environments Research Group within the Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research, has accumulated extensive research and development experience on natural resource management, gender and social equity and equality in agricultural development (from mechanisation to policy development) and most recently in the development of gender sensitive agricultural extension systems. She is currently working on gender and social issues associated with climate change adaptation and mitigation in the agricultural sector.

Dr Jafry is working in collaboration with the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. With her team of researchers she has led the development of a repository on climate justice. This repository, which is a global first, is a database which contains approximately 1,100 peer-reviewed and published journal articles on climate justice and related topics. The repository will provide a unique learning resource of climate justice as a new way of thinking about how to deal with the challenges of climate change and sustainable development.

First Minister Alex Salmond and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson will speak at the conference which will highlight the opportunities and challenges for businesses ahead of climate talks in Warsaw in November, helping to drive ambition for an equitable global climate agreement in 2015.

Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission said: "Climate change arguably poses the 21st century's starkest challenge to human rights - including the rights to life, livelihood and way of life. This is particularly the case for many people in the developing world who have contributed the least to causing climate change but are disproportionately suffering the impacts each and every day.

"This conference is an opportunity for Scotland to further promote climate justice through sharing with other countries its own practical commitments at home and abroad, and encouraging steps towards a 2015 legally binding international agreement on carbon emission reduction. The event will also engage the domestic and international business sector in contributing to the development of a low carbon and sustainable model of economic development for all."