International Development experts gather at GCU

20 May 2014

International Development experts gather at GCU

Professor Tahseen Jafry with Humza Yousaf MSP and GCU Principal Professor Pamela Gillies

GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice has held the first in a series of stakeholder events to focus on gathering the best evidence to inform the Climate Justice agenda.

Scottish Government Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf MSP; Dr Tara Shine, Head of Research and Development at the Mary Robinson Foundation; and Katharine Knox, Policy and Research Programme Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, were among the International Development specialists in attendance.

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. The first dialogue event ‘Achieving Climate Justice: Dialogue 1 How did we get here?’ was held on Monday, May 19.

The Centre has been created in partnership with the Mary Robinson Foundation: Climate Justice, the thought leadership organisation set up by the former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of the Centre for Climate Justice, said: “GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice is a research centre with expertise in the management of natural resources in developing countries, the effects of climate change on agriculture and food security, consumerism and impacts of globalisation on environmental sustainability, and gender and poverty work in the agricultural sector of developing countries.

“This series of dialogues will focus on gathering the evidence, information and views from science, policy and practice to help inform the Climate Justice agenda both now and in the future.”

The centre’s backbone is the GCU Climate Justice Repository, which contains more than 1000 papers within the field. A global first, the repository provides a unique, reliable source of robust, scientifically sound and peer-reviewed materials on the effects and human-centred implications of climate change free from political bias.

The second event in the dialogue series, Dialogue 2: The Science and Evidence, will take place on Wednesday, June 18, also at GCU, with a London event completing the series in September.

Other projects will be announced as the Centre develops.

Dr Mary Robinson said: “I congratulate GCU on taking the lead in creating this repository for reliable information on the complex issues arising from climate change and the need for an ethical approach to its impact on the developing world. I look forward to continued partnership with the university in furthering global understanding of this massively important challenge.”

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