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Climate justice and international development: policy and programming

Simon Anderson

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Climate justice puts human rights at the centre of global development. It recognises the needs of the climate-vulnerable poor, demands equitable distribution of climate finance, and promotes vulnerable groups’ participation in decision making on climate mitigation and adaptation. The concept is gaining ground in the emerging international sustainable development agenda. But it will only shape policy and programming if a solid operational, as well as conceptual, basis can be established. Scotland is uniquely placed to pursue climate justice and to ‘punch above its weight’. The government’s Climate Justice Fund could demonstrate how pooling public and private sector contributions can support climate resilience in developing countries. Doing so will send a powerful message into the climate negotiations and the post-2015 development agenda.

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