“Climate justice at COP26 in Glasgow: Between disappointment and tentative hope”, Hannah Abdullah (CIDOB, Barcelona)

The issue of climate justice took centre stage in Glasgow, both inside negotiating rooms and on the streets. However, with developed countries failing to deliver on the $100 billion goal and resisting the creation of a dedicated loss and damage financing facility, trust between high-emitting nations and climate victims was badly damaged. Still, the Glasgow Pact text offers some cause for cautious optimism that climate justice will become more prominent on the UNFCCC agenda moving forward. A delivery plan for increased climate finance was devised, more support is promised for technical assistance with loss and damage, and a “dialogue” on loss and damage financing will be initiated. Further, some advances were made on broader climate justice concerns related to ensuring a just transition in both the Global North and South.

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