Climate change will affect everyone, and in many parts of the world its consequences are already keenly felt. It’s not a question of theory or ideology, and a robust global response shouldn’t be held back by partisan politics. That response can be ambitious and practical, creating quality jobs and protecting communities.

That’s why in September in New York, the UNited for Climate Justice steering committee will be presenting a set of proposals for enhanced action, to inform the UN Climate Action Summit convened by António Guterres. The proposals and accompanying policy paper set out many practical initiatives to do what needs to be done, from the greening of global finance as required by the Paris Agreement to the achievement of a just transition for workers, communities and regions most affected by the shift to a climate-friendly economy.

The UNited for Climate Justice steering committee (photo credit: FEPS).

Many people have contributed to advancing this work, but I would like to acknowledge in particular the Spanish Minister for Ecological Transition Teresa Ribera, who has chaired the steering committee, FEPS’ climate expert Charlotte Billingham, who has coordinated this process from the beginning and has been a great collaborator on climate policy more broadly, and Dr Ernst Stetter, the former Secretary General of FEPS under whose leadership the think-tank has become an original and ongoing contributor to climate studies and initiatives.

With this intervention, we hope to contribute to the momentum for a rapid and socially inclusive transition to the prosperous climate-neutral economy which the world needs. It’s been a pleasure to participate in a personal capacity in this diverse steering committee, and I look forward to next steps in New York.