On 9 September FEPS and FMS present the newest study:
"Climate justice: African perspectives & EU policies
A call for action"
The new UN IPCC report is unequivocal: The impacts of climate change are already here and urgent action is needed. Even though African countries are historically the least responsible for causing climate change, the African region is hit hardest by its consequences. Just a few years ago, droughts in South Africa impacted the supply of drinking water. In Zimbabwe, a country that relies on hydropower, droughts resulted in an unstable supply of electricity. Extreme weather events such as cyclones destroy coastal areas, in for example Mozambique, while the disrupted rain patterns are detrimental for agriculture across the whole continent. While being hit so severely by the consequences of climate change, African countries are less equipped to deal with it. Moreover, their voices are insufficiently included in global climate action.
On 9 September our newest study, a call to action to include African perspectives in EU policies, will be launched. When it comes to climate policies within the European Union, questions of climate justice and the input of African voices are rarely prioritised. Within many other policy areas, there is often little coherence between climate promises and policies, due to a lack of regard for the consequences they have on marginalised groups elsewhere. This needs to change!
This will be an online session which you can follow here: https://www.nieuwspoort.nl/agenda/overzicht/climate-justice/stream. Do you want a reminder of this session on Thursday, register below!
16:00-16:05 Opening and word of welcome by Vassilis Ntousas, Senior Policy Advisor, Foundation for European Progressive Studies
16:05-16:25 Presentation of the policy study Climate justice: African perspectives by Anne van der Meer, Senior Policy Officer and Researcher, Foundation Max van der Stoel; with input from Mishy Singano, Head of Programmes, FEMNET
16:25-17:15 Panel discussion with Maria Arena, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Belgium; Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nigeria; Joris Thijssen, Member of Parliament, PvdA, the Netherlands; Anne van der Meer, Senior Policy Officer and Researcher, Foundation Max van der Stoel. Followed by Q&A
17:15-17:25 Observations by Kirsten Meijer, Director WECF the Netherlands & Vice-Chair FMS
17:25-17:30 Closing remarks by Saïd El Khadraoui, Special Adviser on the European Green Deal
Moderation: Jolein Baidenmann, Transition Manager Climate and Circular Economy
As part of the research project ‘Climate justice: African perspectives’, FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies) with the support of FMS (Foundation Max van der Stoel) are launching a new policy study showing the impact of climate change on the African continent, as told by Africans themselves, and discussing the role of the EU itself in its climate policies, as well as other policies that impact Africa. During this launch event, we will present the study and the concrete policy recommendations that are included in it so as to ease this process of a climate-just transition. We will discuss the findings with a number of European and African policy-makers and experts.
Registration is closed, but you can follow the session online (without registration) through this link: https://www.nieuwspoort.nl/agenda/overzicht/climate-justice/stream. The live stream starts at 16.00 CET.