Virtual Summit on Just Transition

December 3rd- 4th 2020
Virtual Event

Virtual Summit on Just Transition

December 3rd- 4th 2020
Virtual Event

Introduction

Climate change is felt across the globe, threatening the livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities and leading to acute or chronic food insecurity and climate-related disasters, which are in turn aggravated by underlying socio-economic vulnerabilities. These impacts highlight the need to focus on the adverse effects created by climate change on the economic sector, and the ways countries and peoples are striving to address them.

The concept of just transition and strategies that were first introduced by labor unions and environmental justice groups have become key elements for addressing climate change in a more inclusive and just manner. Additionally, aspects of just transition such as capacity building and skills development, social protection, inclusive and participatory processes, and gender responsive/transformative actions are vital for climate action in key sectors.

To engage stakeholders in a discussion on just transition, policy initiatives at national and international level, and application of the concept in climate action, SLYCAN Trust together with contributing partners will host a virtual summit on 3rd and 4th of December that includes the participation of multiple stakeholders.

Objectives

Objectives of the Virtual Summit on the Just Transition include:

  • Enhancing the understanding of just transition and the application of the concept and strategies into climate action at national and international level.

  • Integration of just transition and its elements into key processes such as the review of Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans.

  • Multi-stakeholder engagement on the thematic area of just transition under the UNFCCC process. 

Key Focus Areas

  • Just transition in the energy sector
    - Key elements to ensure just transition in the energy sector
    - Gaps and challenges faced in integrating aspects and strategies of just transition in the energy sector
    - Institutional structures and role of actors in achieving just transition in the energy sector
    - Entry points and opportunities for integrating just transition into climate policy initiatives and actions
    - Success stories, best practices, and experience sharing on initiatives

  • Ensuring just transition in the food sector
    - Key elements of just transition and their relation to global and local food systems
    - Gaps and challenges faced in integrating aspects and strategies of just transition in the food sector
    - Institutional structures and role of actors in achieving just transition in the food sector
    - Entry points and opportunities for integrating just transition into climate policy initiatives and actions
    - Success stories, best practices, and experience sharing on initiatives

  • Gender, inclusion, social protection, and cross-cutting aspects related to just transition
    - Key cross-cutting aspects related to just transition
    - Interlinks for integration of just transition with climate action and into different climate policy and action processes
    - Impacts of COVID-19 and the role of recovery actions in contributing toward just transition
    - Success stories, best practices, and experience sharing on initiatives

Agenda

3rd December 2020, 11 am – 12.30 pm CET / 3.30 pm – 5 pm IST

Opening session

Opening session including an expert panel discussion on key thematic areas, followed by a multi-stakeholder dialogue

Opening Speakers

Dr. Kusum Lata

Team Lead - Mitigation Impact Assessment Support
UNFCCC

Mr. Christoph Schwarte

Director – Legal
Response Initiative

Dr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye

Coordinator – Green Jobs Programme
ILO

Dr. Sandra Piesik

Director Architect
3 ideas B.V

 Co-leading organizations

UNFCCC

SLYCAN Trust

3rd December 2020, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm CET / 6 pm – 8 pm IST

Just Transition in the energy sector

Introductory presentations by two experts on the topic, followed by a dialogue with multi-stakeholder participants focusing on the key questions outlined above.

Co - Leads

Mr. Dicky Edwin Hidarto

Head of Governing Board
Yayasan Mitra Hijau

Ms. Claudia Ehling

Project Director – Climate & Energy in Asia
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Mr. Patrick Rondeau

Council Advisor
Environment and Just Transition for the Federation of Workers of Quebec (FTQ)

Contributing Experts

Ms. Elif Gunduzyeli

Coal Policy Coordinator
CAN Europe

Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala

Senior Consultant
SLYCAN Trust

Mr. Happy Khambule

Director
Mansa

 Co-leading organizations

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

SLYCAN Trust

4th December 2020, 9 am – 11 am CET / 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm IST

Just transition in the food sector

Introductory presentations by two experts on the topic, followed by a dialogue with multi-stakeholder participants focusing on the key questions outlined above.

Mr. Lasse Bruun

Executive Director
50by40

Mr. Duncan Williamson

Founder & Director
Nourishing Food Systems

Dr. Daniel Beckman

Co-founder & CEO
Foodshed.io

Contributing experts

Mr. Raphael Podselver

International Policy & Public Affairs Specialist
Proveg International

Ms. Senashia Ekanayake

Programme Manager
SLYCAN Trust

 Co-leading organizations

Proveg International

SLYCAN Trust

4th December 2020, 12 pm – 2 pm CET / 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm IST

Gender, inclusion, social protection, and cross-cutting aspects related to just transition

Introductory presentations by two experts on the topic, followed by a dialogue with multi-stakeholder participants focusing on the key questions outlined above.

Co-leads

Ms. Fleur Newman

Unit Lead - ACE|Gender|Youth
UNFCCC

Ms. Bridget Burns

Director
Women’s Environment and Development Organisation

Mr. Chan-yau Chong

Chief Executive Officer
Research and Education
CarbonCare InnoLab

Contributing speakers

Mr. Dennis Mombauer

Director – Research and Education
 SLYCAN Trust

Dr. Rengalakshmi Raj

Director – Ecotechnology
Women’s Environment and Development Organisation

Dr. Chris Jacobson

Development Consultant
Live & Learn

Ms. Minh Ang Nguyen

Climate Protection Fellow
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

 Co-leading organizations

UNFCCC

SLYCAN Trust

4th December 2020, 3 pm – 4 pm CET / 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm IST

Closing Session

Ms. Elif Gunduzyeli

Coal Policy Coordinator
CAN Europe

Mr. Chan-yau Chong

Chief Executive Officer
CarbonCare InnoLab

Ms. Fleur Newman

Unit Lead – ACE|Gender|Youth
UNFCCC

Mr. Duncan Williamson

Founder & Director
Nourishing Food Systems

Mr. Raphael Podselver

International Policy & Public Affairs Specialist
Proveg International

Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala

Senior Consultant
SLYCAN Trust

Ms. Bridget Burns

Director
Women’s Environment and Development Organisation

Further Information

Registrations for the summit will be open from 11th November, 2020 via SLYCAN Trust’s website: www.slycantrust.org
For additional information related to speaking slots and partnerships, kindly contact SLYCAN Trust’s Executive Director Vositha Wijenayake directly by email: vositha@slycantrust.org