What is fair or climate just
about COP26 outcome?
GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice (CCJ) works in close partnership with governments, charities,
communities and others around the world to help improve policy, development, business
practices and critical insights into climate justice.
Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of
the Centre for Climate Justice (CCJ)
at GCU, advises governments, UN
agencies, global think tanks, NGOs and
civil society on how to achieve, create
and transition to a fair and climate just
Here, Professor Jafry gives her
verdict on the outcomes from COP26:
“I think there was a lot of hope,
ambition and positivity coming into this
COP. We knew there was a lot riding on
it because of the global temperature
“On the surface, there seems to have
been some positive outcomes. The
Professor Tahseen Jafry.
decision to end and reverse
deforestation by 2030, with countries
including Brazil signing up, is to be
applauded. Likewise, the EU and US
agreeing to cut methane gas by 2040 is
also to be welcomed, as are the 40
countries who have pledged to move
away from coal, including major users
such as Poland.
“One of the biggest issues for the
poorest nations at this COP is climate
finance. It still remains to be seen what,
if any, of the Paris commitment – the
$100 billion pledge – will be taken
forward. It has been stated that this is
still outstanding and this is a huge
disappointment for the least developed
“The pledges to cut emissions are
not far reaching or ambitious enough
“The data indicates the world is on
track to heat up by 2.4 degrees by 2100.
Therefore, we've far surpassed the
1.5-degree limit that was set at Paris.
Global warming of 1.8 degrees is
possible by 2030, but only if those
emission-reduction targets are
achieved faster and within the next
“We have less than a decade left to
tackle this crisis. The clock is ticking.
That clock is a time bomb for the
poorest – especially women and girls
– who are on the front line of the climate
crisis. Much more emphasis needs to be
given to access and availability of
climate finance to the poorest
communities. In order to support
livelihoods, health and wellbeing, radical
change is required.
“Women and girls suffer the most –
both physically and mentally – and we
have not heard enough about that
during this COP. It's been shocking that
the desperate needs of those most
affected by the climate emergency,
especially those in developing nations,
have not been at the heart of these
“A more significant issue is the work
plans and approaches to ensure the
money actually gets to grassroots
communities – rural and remote.
Remember, these are the people
that have contributed the least to
climate change and yet are suffering