Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High Level Champion for Egypt and UN Special Envoy on Financing 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, said that just environmental transition must ensure the dignity of citizens and societies, taking into consideration the impact of this transition on labor market.
Mohieldin’s remarks came during “Just transition and future of work” session, held on the Emissions Reduction Day, at COP27.
In his speech, Mohieldin referred to ILO reports that focus on how to deal with technology transfer within the framework of just transition taking into consideration the impact of climate issues on job market.
Mohieldin highlighted the most important axes of the just transition, which include focusing on states and institutions policies that link the just transition to development goals.
The climate champion also emphasized the need to develop an integrated financial framework linked to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the thirteenth goal relates to climate action, while the eighth goal focuses on business functions.
“It is important to determine the priorities and needs of countries within a just transition framework, as Copenhagen’s pledge to provide $100 billion to finance climate action in developing countries represents only 3% of those countries needs”, he said, noting that only 7 countries have committed their quota of this pledge till now.
He stressed the need to enhance public-private partnerships, and provide soft grants to include middle and low-income countries.
The climate champion stressed that the challenge facing the environmental transition is not only technical solutions, as it is important to ensure the dignity of people and societies. “Environmental transition cannot be achieved without including the concept of justice.” he concluded.