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2015 has been a critical year for humanity especially as regards climate justice. Our civilization and particularly, the most vulnerable in our societies have never faced such existential risks. On 12 December 2015 representatives of 195 nations reached an agreement at COP21 in Paris to commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to curb the effects of climate change. The deal represents a historic breakthrough on an issue that has foiled decades of international efforts to address climate change.
The Roundtable discussion reflected on the COP21 Paris Agreement and particularly what it will mean for South Africa.
The aim of the Roundtable was to investigate in an interdisciplinary manner, what challenges and opportunities arise from the agreement and how law, politics, finance and related mechanisms can further climate change justice ahead and enfold protection mechanisms for the most vulnerable. At the same time the group of experts focussed on new development pathways related to international law perspectives and energy security issues that can make Southern Africa leapfrog economically, adapt to and mitigate climate change and alleviate poverty.
The full event contribution in german here