Climate justice in the context of COVID-19 – CIDSE

Climate justice in the context of COVID-19

Urgency, Transformation and Action
CIDSE key messages and policy demands for COP26


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) will take place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021. World leaders including national governments, businesses and limited civil society will meet to advance global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change. Important decisions are expected to be made.

This policy briefing presents a brief synthesis of CIDSE’s main messages and orientation on climate justice in the context of the COVID-19 era and beyond. It is based on the latest climate science and Catholic Social Teaching and CIDSE’s previous analysis on achieving the 1.5°C target and transitioning to agroecology and renewable energy systems.

Recommendations are organised around the following key topics:

  1. A just recovery and systems change post-COVID-19
  2. Raising ambition and emergency within the Nationally-Determined Contributions and beyond
  3. Loss & Damage
  4. Just energy transition
  5. Climate finance
  6. Carbon markets
  7. Climate and Agriculture
  8. Geo-engineering and Nature-based Solutions
    The Paris Rulebook


The policy briefing is available for download in English, French and Spanish.


This publication is co-funded by the European Union.

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