With the goal of inspiring climate actions that also reduce poverty and inequality, based on evidence and insights from the research, TSITICA aims to host an array of academic conferences engaging leading experts, researchers, and thought leaders.

These events aim to unravel the intricate connections between climate change, sustainable livelihoods, multidimensional poverty and inequality to tackle the overall question: how can climate actions be deliberately targeted to improve livelihoods and lead to equitable benefits for the most vulnerable and poor – especially for women and youth?

Climate change surfaces inequalities and injustices between and within the world’s societies. They no longer only manifest in the unequal share of global emissions and unequal access to technologies and finance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While these challenges persist, the impacts of climate change are progressing at a faster pace than societies can adapt. This situation leaves them increasingly in a need to manage intersecting crises. 

These challenges range from managing unequal access to energy, water, sanitation, transport, waste removal and other climate sensitive technologies and services to unequal protection to the impacts of extreme weather events and subsequent disasters. Increasing deprivation may increase migration, social unrest and reduce border security. These social phenomena already occur in sub-Saharan Africa, home to the most unequal societies in the world and also the region most vulnerable to climate change.

In addition to featuring a high-level policy forum, this symposium is a unique opportunity for transdisciplinary exchange between early career researchers and senior scholars who are contributing significantly to scholarship on poverty, inequality, and climate change with a focus on hyperlocal perspectives in the Global South. Students, researchers, and practitioners are all encouraged to attend.

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