keynote speakers

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mary robinson

Kumi Naidoo

of Belgium

Nigel Topping

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Claudia S. de Windt

Runa Khan

Dr Mithika

Ashley Komangaapik
Rose Cummings

Oumarou Ibrahim


I am delighted to welcome you all to the 2nd World Forum on Climate Justice. This year’s Forum brings together deep, rich and challenging conversations on two of the most pressing issues of our time; climate change and Covid 19. As the world’s climate warms at an unprecedented rate the resultant impacts will be felt most by communities that have contributed the least to global carbon emissions. On top of this, we find that often these same communities are facing the worst experiences in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahead of the COP 26 Summit being held in Glasgow in November, this Forum will provide an opportunity to examine, discuss and debate how to ensure equity and justice as core values on the road to developing climate just and sustainable solutions for the benefit of all of humanity and not just the privileged few. We hope to inspire and motivate by bringing together some of the brightest minds from across different regions of the world – global thought leaders, Indigenous activists, representatives from academia, government and industry, to help shape the road map to recovery, building resilience and preventing catastrophic devastation to the lives and livelihoods of many thousands of people. I am really excited about Chairing the World Forum in September and I sincerely look forward to seeing you there.


Professor Tahseen Jafry
Director of The Centre for Climate Justice
Glasgow Caledonian University

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While Climate change might be an abstract concept to some, for Africans, this is not so. Today, the African people live with the reality of increasing frequent droughts that dries up pastures, starving livestock to death. Farmers are increasingly getting reduced yields due to unpredictable and infrequent rainfall. Floods and landslides are common events. Making matters worse for Africans is the lack of technology and finances to mitigate these impacts. Africa is proving that climate change neither does affect people the same way nor the equally and thus solutions to the impacts of climate change must be rights-based…


WFCJ will offer 50 conference fee waivers on a first-come, first-served basis to students, academics and employees of NGOs who are based in DAC countries. Apply via the abstract submission portal by submitting a letter of support from your lead supervisor confirming where your workplace or key activity is based OR your student status.


You are eligible to apply for the fee waiver if you:

  • Submit an abstract for oral presentation
  • Submit an abstract for a panel session

Please note – Paper session organisers are not eligible to apply, but they are free to apply for the Award if they also submit an oral presentation.

For a list of DAC countries, please click here (applicants from countries in all 4 groups are eligible for the Fee Waiver Award).


The 2nd World Forum on Climate Justice comes on the back of the success of the inaugural Forum held in June 2019 at Glasgow Caledonian University, which featured keynotes from distinguished speakers including Mary Robinson, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Kerry Kennedy. The Forum was attended by over 150 delegates from around the world. The 2nd World Forum on Climate Justice will take place on the 21-23 September 2021, just two months before global leaders meet in the city for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Held fully online, the World Forum will have a far greater reach and be more accessible to delegates from around the world. Our key themes – COP26 and COVID-19 – recognise the need to incorporate climate justice into global climate governance and the post-pandemic recovery.

Important Dates


Call for Abstracts

17 May 2021


Abstract Submission Ends

12 July 2021

Notification of Review Outcome

10 August 2021


Accepted Authors to Register to Confirm Attendance

23 August 2021


Final Programme Available Online


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