2nd International Symposium on
Climate Justice November 18-19, 2014

Common aims and shared responsibility

A disproportionate burden from global climate change will be placed on developing countries - many of which already encounter considerable challenges and may lack the resources to combat threats to environmental, economic and social development. Climate justice is the concept that encapsulates this stark reality: those that will be most seriously affected by climate change today are the least responsible for the shift in Earth’s climate.

The 2. International Symposium on Climate Justice Bremerhaven took place on November 18-19, 2014, hosted by The Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen in cooperation with the German Climate Foundation and other partners. The symposium aimed to address the global challenge of climate justice by facilitating solutions that more equitably distribute the responsibility of climate change impacts.


Attendees could anticipate two full days of compelling presentations from leading global practitioners, interactive workshops tailored to the most pressing climate justice issues, and premier networking opportunities with peers in the climate justice community.


Prof. Dr. Mohan Munasinghe, from Colombo, Sri Lanka, will give a keynote speech on the topic: 


“Integrating climate justice into the post-2015 sustainable development agenda"


The speakers guiding the conversation by inspiring new ideas and opportunities included:

  • Artur Runge-Metzger of the European Commission Climate Action program
  • Dr. Walter Kaelin of the Nansen Initiative
  • Charles Agboklu from RELBONET, Ghana
  • Jan Kowalzig from Oxfam
  • Sabine Minninger from Bread for the World


The format of the symposium led participants through three key segments in Bremerhaven, with an optional German-language component in the City of Bremen:

  • FOUNDATIONS, exploring the current state of international climate justice discourse
  • POLITICAL MECHANISMS, presenting case studies of international success stories
  • IMPLEMENTATION, parallel workshops focused on Sustainable  Energy  and Water Management, Improving Climate Change Adaptability and Education for Sustainable Development

  • REGIONAL ENGAGEMENT of BREMEN*, building bridges between the region and the global south



With these short proceedings we would like to give a quick insight into the valuable contributions of the forums and summarize the workshops.




Please click the links below to open and download the presentations:



Keynote Address


Prof. Dr. Mohan Munasinghe, MIND, Sri Lanka


Stage I: Foundation


Expert Panel: Understanding climate justice: Consequences, threats to equity, and competing interests


Prof. Lukas Meyer, University of Graz, Austria


Prof. Walter Kälin, Nansen Initiative, University of Bern


Stage II: Political Mechanisms


Expert Panel: Innovating for the Future: Developing just ways to mitigate CO2 emissions


Artur Runge-Metzger, Director International & Climate Strategy, DG Climate Action, European Commission


Urška Trunk, Carbon Market Watch, Belgium


Sabine Minninger, Bread for the World, Germany


Stage III: Implementation


Impulse for the Workshops


Jo Douwes,  Department Environmental Planning and Climate Protection, Durban, Republic of South Africa  



Workshop I: Sustainable Energy and Water Management


Jo Douwes,  Department Environmental Planning and Climate Protection, Durban, Republic of South Africa


Joseph Mlinzi, Mwanza City Council, Tanzania


Herty Guevara, APRODIM, Nicaragua


Moulindu Nabendu Banerjee, India, compensation project of Atmosfair gGmbH



Workshop II: Improving Climate Change Adaptability


Mahfuja Sultana, German Red Cross, Bangladesh Delegation


Anke Mösinger, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany



Workshop III: Recognising – understanding – acting: Education for Sustainable Development and climate justice


Anna Heller, kate e.V., Germany


Michael Heiß, Naturefriends International, Germany 

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