Reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement requires a fundamental transformation of our economies. The speed, and depth, of the changes needed are unprecedented in human history while their impacts are unevenly distributed. Indeed, the potential for adverse impacts on workers, communities and other groups that are dependent on fossil fuels and emissions-intensive economic activities is perhaps the best known ‘just transition’ challenge.
Support for a ‘just transition’ can help accelerate action on climate change while advancing socioeconomic inclusion including access to sustainable and resilient livelihoods. With growing calls for a green recovery from COVID-19, and jobs and equality at the top of the political agenda, the need for a ‘just transition’ is gaining renewed traction ahead of COP26.
This Chatham House COP26 Diplomatic Briefing explores how, in concrete terms, governments can help deliver a ‘just transition’. This event is part of the Chatham House COP26 Diplomatic Briefing Series and is open to any diplomat or government official. If you wish to attend please e-mail Anna Aberg ([email protected]).
Mafalda Duarte, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Investment Funds
Tomas Anker Christensen, Climate Ambassador, Government of Denmark
Samantha Smith, Director, Just Transition Centre
Jesse Burton, Researcher, Energy Systems Research Group, University of Cape Town; Senior Associate, E3G
Chair: Sian Bradley, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House