The following guiding questions are aligned to each of the three main Leadership Dialogues planned for the Stockholm+50 meeting and will be integrated into the overall consultation agenda and report. Please refer to the question number in your comment.

LD2: Achieving a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic:

  1. What are the most promising sustainable and inclusive recovery practices currently being applied by public, private and civil society groups at individual, community, city, regional, country level? And how could we scale them up?
  2. What recovery and pre-existing practises need to be changed to ensure an inclusive and sustainable recovery?
  3. How do we ensure that all countries/communities can benefit from opportunities stemming from a sustainable and just transition?
  4. How can we create better performing industries and supply chains for a just transition to more sustainable economies? which sectors are most critical? 
  5. What are some of the commitments and “responsible” principles that need to be made by key industry sectors and by finance and investment institutions?
  6. What are the decent green jobs of the future?  What are the new skills needed, what is needed from business?  from government?  from academia?

Comments (2)

Clement Uwihanganye
Clement Uwihanganye

I would like to comment on question #6. One of the practices that has been applied to ensure a sustainable post-COVID19 recovery in Rwanda is the effective medical and hazardous waste management. It could be scaled by investing in awareness to bring behavioural change.

Beth Kaplin
Beth Kaplin

These are comments based on the research results from a multidisciplinary research project funded by UKRI and conducted in 2021 in Rwanda and Malawi. Title of project - Climate Change & COVID-19 (CCC19):
Achieving a Sustainable and Equitable Recovery in Malawi and Rwanda.  Partners on project:
▪ Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland – project lead
▪ University of Rwanda (including the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management)
▪ Rwanda Village Community Promoters
▪ Mzuzu University (Malawi)
▪ University of Livingstonia (Malawi)
▪ Life Concern (Malawi)Comments: 

Comments for Stockholm+50 based on research results of the project

Q6: Promising sustainable and inclusive recovery practices

  • In many ways, it’s delivering on the long-standing goals of development policies and projects: access to safe drinking water, electricity, transport, education and decent jobs
  • Use effectively IT for promoting equitable access to education among children and young people, and explore innovative IT solutions for the education access issues (funding, incentives)
  • Learn from the pandemic experience to educate the public on critical issues such as climate change à the virus has shown us that national/global education campaigns of this kind are both possible and effective; use these same strategies to sensitize the public about the climate crisis and biodiversity crisis
  • Develop skills among public officials and development professionals to co-producing knowledge and solutions to grand societal challenges (going beyond participation); much rhetoric is used around community voices and involvement but often falling short – there are many valuable and simple to use strategies and approaches to co-produce knowledge and solutions that will be more durable because they include the perspectives and needs of often underheard voices
  • Promote free healthcare to the most vulnerable, including provision of mental health services
  • Information transparency - the approach of sharing and updating the public on the actions of the government and its agencies on a regular basis, this can be for pandemics, and also for climate information and biodiversity crisis
  • Provision of food aid (including child nutrition programs), agricultural inputs and livestock to the most vulnerable
  • Introduce a minimum direct transfer of funds or material aid during times of crisis
  • These are just some ideas but more can be found in our Recommendations document

7. What recovery and pre-existing practices need to be changed

  • There needs to be stronger coordination at the local level to ensure that aid goes to those who actually need it the most
  • Prioritize the needs of: a) the poorest and most vulnerable and b) local governments
  • Plan for the long term, with adequate resources set aside for emergencies
  • We need to stop talking about how little money there is for promoting equitable development and start talking about the economic, political and technological inequalities between different nations that make this kind of development difficult to achieve (i.e. recognizing that there is enough money in the world, it’s just unevenly distributed -- as the generous response to the pandemic has demonstrated)
  • We need to stop talking about the importance of local voices and community participation and actually develop skills to co-produce knowledge, strategies and solutions that includes the voices of the most vulnerable

8. Ensuring all countries/communities can benefit from sustainable and just transitions

  • Technology transfer & co-development between industrialized and low and middle-income countries; more partnerships south-south and south-north
  • Promote domestic industries (pharmaceuticals, agricultural inputs, electronics, etc.) to lessen the dependency on imports
  • Adopt a precautionary approach to renewable energy development in LMICs - ensuring that it does not result in oppressive practices such as land grabs, and that local communities can benefit

9. Creating better performing industries and supply chains for a just transition

  • Protect emerging industries in LMICs from competition from international corporations and more established industries abroad
  • Enable funding to support and promote such industries and supply chains

10. Commitments and responsible principles by key sectors

  • Introduce mechanisms to ensure climate and development aid reaches the local/community level, with accountability mechanisms designed for those organizations that underperform
  • Commitment to a truly just transition which becomes an opportunity not only to address climate change but also social injustice
  • Make climate/development finance more accessible to smaller organizations at the local level
  • Commitment to promoting local development through local job creation
  • Commitment to phasing out the use of fossil fuels along the entire supply chain
  • Ensure any policies, project, programs or any other activities do not exacerbate existing social, economic and political inequalities, especially in terms of gender, class, race, geography and other characteristics
  • Learn to understand how to uptake social science research results on perceptions of local community members, so that the information is not considered as ‘soft’ or as if people lied in reporting their perceptions; this information is critical to learning process and improving the functioning of various sectors

11. Decent jobs of the future: skills needed

  • Green jobs go beyond green energy jobs (e.g. solar/wind power development) and include education (at all levels), agriculture (agroecology), transport, culture
  • Private sector role will be key but incentives to go in the direction of sustainability must be present (the market will not correct itself)
  • We need to understand how best to address the needs and expectations of fossil fuel industry workers who are likely to lose their jobs à this transition needs to be inclusive and co-driven by them, rather than imposed from the top
  • Emphasis on quality education in training schools and higher education institutions; ensure teachers know how to teach critical thinking skills and promote student-centered learning