Climate justice

Professor Tahseen Jafry

The University launched an initiative that calls on world governments and civil society to make a long-term commitment to support equitable finance for those living in climate-hit regions.

The platform was unveiled as globally influential figures put their heads together during an online event - part of the UK Government's contribution to the Race to Zero global campaign - in a bid to identify how the lives of the poorest and vulnerable, who are disproportionately affected by climate change, can be made better.

Facilitated by the University's Centre for Climate Justice, it was announced former Irish President Mary Robinson will act as special advisor to the new platform, which will look specifically at how climate finance can be "strengthened" to ensure "fair and equitable" distribution for all. The African Development Bank and the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance will partner GCU in this initiative, which is entitled Advancing Equitable, Just and Gender Sensitive Climate Finance for ALL. 

The platform aims to call for governments and civil society in the developed world, and those who can afford it, to make a long-term commitment to provide a sustainable source of finance, addressing the impact of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the goods and services they buy. 

The partnership will share its insight and progress at COP 26, which will take place in Glasgow in 2021.​

We must ensure that we meet the needs of the many, not just the few. To do this we need to align climate finance with climate needs, particularly for the most vulnerable people and especially women and girls.​

Professor Tahseen Jafry
Director of the Centre for Climate Justice