Exchanges on justice and climate change.


28 February  2009

“We live in a global village and we each have the responsibility to protect our planet. But pollution has a cost and it must be borne by the polluter.”
Kofi Annan


The Climate Justice Dialogue was a major public debate co-hosted by the Forum and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. The debate engaged eminent public figures in interactive discussion with students and faculty on the multiple dimensions of climate justice.


Over 250 students and faculty from the University of Pretoria and an online audience of thousands.

“Climate change disproportionately affects developing countries, and hence we need strong leadership from people and politicians in the South. Students and academia will be a critical element of that sensitisation and mobilization process.” – Professor Calie Pistorius, Former Principle and Vice Chancellor, University of Pretoria


28 February 2009


The Forum produced a Report on Guidelines for Climate Justice, which served as the basis for discussions at the Climate Justice Dialogue. The Guidelines explained climate justice in terms of principles already established in international law and human rights, or ethics.

The Guidelines reported on the consultations of an expert group that the Forum brought together between December 2008 to February 2009, including specialists in environmental law, human rights, and ethics. The expert group’s work was organized in cooperation with

As of September 2009, the Guidelines have been updated to Key Points on Climate Justice and consist of the following:  


  1. Take responsibility for the pollution you cause
  2. Act according to capability and capacity 
  3. Share benefits and burdens
  4. Respect and strengthen human rights
  5. Reduce risks to a minimum
  6. Integrate solutions
  7. Act in an accountable and transparent manner
  8. Act now!




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