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Unequal protection: Climate change and the acceleration of global inequality

Paris Agreement Climate change mitigation Environmental refugees Social inequality

Among the various drivers of risk in the world today, two stand out: climate change and rapidly rising levels of inequality. While each by itself has serious consequences for achieving development goals, their convergence has become a subject of heightened attention.

The convening of climate COP23 this year under the Presidency of Fiji has brought this issue to the fore. Climate change has now emerged as an existential risk to the very survival of communities living in climate risk hotspots around the world – from small island states and low-lying coastal zones, to mountain regions experiencing wide-spread glacial melting and the rapidly changing nature of dryland and desert ecosystems.

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