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This workshop placed the concept of just transition within an overarching vision for just transformation, moving from sectoral or regional focused approaches towards a systemic and global perspective: from Just Transition to Just Transformation.
During the workshop, we exchanged about just transition experiences from various regions, with a focus on multi-stakeholder governance. Within the breakout groups, we had the chance to have in-depth discussions on the role of women and young people in just transition or transformation, as well as the synergies between social and ecological goals.
Have a look to the workshop report with the main conclusions and ideas discussed during the workshop!
Further information on the workshop
Transformations 2021 Conference
In 2020 a tipping point may have been crossed on how societies worldwide deal with multiple overlapping crises. On an unprecedented scale, we see groups and communities mobilizing to re-imagine and transform the pre-pandemic systems which led to current vulnerabilities, risks, and unsustainable practices. This challenging but also fertile moment calls for urgent knowledge synthesis able to enact positive tipping points and tipping interventions towards new regenerative development trajectories. The TRANSFORMATIONS 2021 Conference showcases the latest developments in research and practice of transformations towards sustainability, support and celebrate transdisciplinary learning networks for new collective international initiatives. The event takes place during two days (17-18th of June) around three different time zones (America, Asia and Europe) and structured around four streams: (1) Transformative arts and culture; (2) Transformative economies and organizations; (3) Transformative science, action-oriented knowledge and governance; and (4) Enabling positive tipping points in socio-climate, energy, water and life-support coupled systems.
Description of the Just Transition(s) Workshop
The Just Transition is a well-recognised concept promoted initially by trade unions – and now by policy-makers and NGOs – as a means of reconciling the climate and environmental policies with socio-economic goals. From the beginning, social goals and environmental goals are portrayed as inherently in conflict, while the concept itself is embedded in a market-based approach to society. The current understanding of the Just Transition struggles to apply to different situations and contexts, despite the implications for social justice from a gender, international and intergenerational perspective. It is not readily applicable to addressing existing social inequalities which manifest outside of the locality, actor or sector specifically targeted.
In Europe, some civil society organizations, led by CAN-E, are further exploring the current concept of Just Transition, viewing social and environmental goals as interdependent. They have been redefining Just Transition(s) as a means to achieve socially, economically and environmentally resilient societies, rather than perceiving just transition of a specific sector as an end. In this vision, a series of just transitions across society, from the local and sectoral level and up, will together deliver the systemic transformation needed to act on climate change and deliver a fairer, resilient world for all.
In this session we will discuss this new, holistic idea for just transitions to deliver true social and environmental justice across society, building on European examples and experiences from other carbon-intensive or dependent regions. The objective is to expand our current understanding of the Just Transition inviting external contributions to further shape and influence the inclusive and fair transformation of our economy and society as a whole. We aim in particular to complement the national or regional frameworks to evolve it into a truly global and multi-sectoral concept. This workshop will therefore be an important milestone in a workstream building a complete picture of how to deliver Just Transitions for Just Transformation in the run-up to COP 26.
The format of the session will be first an introductory and inspiring presentation on the challenges and opportunities of the Just Transition(s) followed by a panel discussion (in plenary and break-out rooms) with invited participants from different sectors and countries. The conclusions from the workshop will then inform the further development of the Just Transformation concept and hopefully lead to the identification of international partners to build a global multi-stakeholder coalition for Just Transformation.
Objectives of the workshop
Place the concept of just transition within an overarching vision for just transformation, moving from sectoral or regional focused approaches towards a systemic and global perspective.
Exchange about just transition experiences from various regions, with a focus on multi-stakeholder governance.
Develop a flipchart of ideas to feed ongoing coalition work on just transition and just transformation.