What are the Glasgow Climate Dialogues?

The Glasgow Climate Dialogues are a series of online discussions with representatives of the Global South which took place on 6-9 September 2021. The Dialogues covered issues vital to climate action ambition at COP26 and were hosted by the Scottish Government and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.

Representatives from civil society and Global South government climate departments shared their positions on some of the key negotiating areas at COP26, to develop a shared understanding of the status of these key issues and to identify where collective action can advance UNFCCC goals and objectives.

This understanding and call for collective global action from both nations who take part at COPs and sub-state actors will be detailed in a Dialogues communiqué prior to COP26. The communique will be launched at a public event on 30 September at 9:10-10:10am.

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What topics were covered by the Glasgow Climate Dialogues?

Access, Participation and Voice

Facilitated by the Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC) (Malawi) and SCIAF (Scotland).

Loss and Damage

Facilitated by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

Adaptation

Facilitated by Oxfam Bangladesh and Oxfam Scotland.

Just Transition

Facilitated by The African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) and Friends of the Earth Scotland

Who are the speakers and facilitators?

Panellists and facilitators for the Access, Participation and Voice session include:

Ben Wilson from the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), Scotland.

Gerard Howe – Deputy Director, COP26 & International Climate Change at the Scottish Government.

Julius Ng’oma of CISONECC, who leads many committees in Malawi and has supported the Government of Malawi delegation to the Conference of Parties (CoPs) every year since 2014.

Stella Funsani Gama – Lead Negotiator, Gender and Climate Change, Least Developed Country Group. Stella is a specialist in forest resources and integrated land use management, with a focus on rural development, community forestry, alternative energy access, and participatory and gender responsive approaches.

Augustine B Njamnshi Chairperson, Technical and Political Affairs – PACJA. Augustine is a lawyer with 26 years of environmental and forest policy and governance advocacy in Cameroon and the Central African sub-region. He is involved with many groups and holds positions with the African Coalition for Sustainable Energy and Access, the Bio-resources Development and Conservation Cameroon, and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance.

Vositha Wijenayake – Slycan Trust / Southern Voices. Vositha is an international lawyer who works for a nonprofit think tank focusing on climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, and social justice. She has been a member of the Sri Lankan delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations since 2016, negotiating on issues related to compliance, climate change adaptation, loss and damage, response measures, action for climate empowerment and gender.

Chalani Marasinghe is co-ordinator of the Global Youth Forum on Climate Change, which aims to enhance youth engagement in climate action through capacity-building and technical support provision. She works on thematic areas of climate change, youth, food systems, ethical and sustainable consumption, livelihood development, and climate-related policy processes, including the Nationally Determined Contributions. 

The session will include a reflection from Amelia Ma’afu of Caritas Tonga.

Panellists and facilitators for the Loss and Damage session include:

Nasrin Khondokar MP, Bangladesh.

Prof Saleemul Huq is director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). He is an expert in adaptation to climate change in the most vulnerable developing countries and has been a lead author of the third, fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He also advises the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Sadie de Coste, Ineza Umuhoza Grace, Loss and Damage Youth Coalition, Loss and Damage Youth Coalition (ldyouth.org)

David MacLennan, Climate Change Working Group, Outer Hebrides, New Climate Change Group in the Outer Hebrides (cne-siar.gov.uk)

Anna Carthy, of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), is a climate change researcher. She has a background in environmental change and management, with a research focus on equity in climate adaptation and resilience. She also has experience conducting research on social protection, anticipatory action, and intersectionality in the humanitarian sector.

Ritu Bharadwaj, of the IIED, is a senior researcher in the climate governance and finance team. She is experienced in senior policy development, research and management experience in government, funding agencies and international NGOs. Ritu has worked extensively on social protection, climate resilience, forest and watershed management, resource conservation, livelihood and gender issues.

Professor Lisa Vanhala is a Professor of Political Science from University College London. She is interested in the politics of climate change and the socio-legal study of human rights and equality issues. Her current project, the Politics and Governance of Climate Change Loss and Damage, explores attempts to govern the impacts of climate change we will not be able to adapt to at the global and national level.

Istiakh Ahmed manages both ‘Loss and Damage’ and ‘Locally led Adaptation and Resilience’ programmes at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). His research interest areas are loss and damage, livelihood resilience, climate change adaptation, environmentally induced migration, social vulnerabilities due to environmental stressors.

Simon Anderson is a Senior fellow, Strategy and Learning, at the International Institute for Environment and Development (iied.org). Simon is currently working on monitoring and evaluation for learning, gender equality and issues of sustainable development universality. His work includes ways to transform experiential learning of sustainable development into evidence for policy.

Panellists and facilitators for the Adaptation session include:

Enamul Mazid Khan Siddique, Head of Climate Justice and Natural Resource Rights, Oxfam in Bangladesh.

Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam Scotland and Board member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.

Lyndsay Walsh, Climate Policy Adviser, Oxfam GB.

Alejandro Alemán Treminio, Climate Change Officer Centro Humboldt and coordinator of the Climate Action Network Latin America.

Nafkote Dabi, Climate Change Policy Lead, Oxfam International.

Bob Natifu, Acting Commissioner, Climate Change Department, Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda

Janine Felson, Ambassador of Belize and an advisor to the Alliance of Small Island States and the Caribbean Community on climate and ocean matters

Adeline Siffert, Senior Advisor on Climate Adaptation & Early Action, British Red Cross

Liane Schalatek, Associate Director, The Heinrich Böll Foundation

Masudio Margaret Eberu, smallholder farmer from West Nile region, Northern Uganda, and Chairperson of the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum in Uganda.

Tamara Coger, Senior Associate, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute.

Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer, Manager: Climate Change and DRR Programme, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute.

Jamie Williams, Senior Policy Adviser for Poverty Reduction, Islamic Relief Worldwide.

Panellists and facilitators for the Just Transition session include:

Gerard Howe – Deputy Director, COP26 & International Climate Change at the Scottish Government.

Harjeet Singh – CAN-I.

Sivan Kartha – Climate Equity Reference Project & SEI.

Lebo Mulaisi – Cosatu.

Ruth Nyambura – African Eco-feminist Collective and HOME.