Policy Brief: Social Protection for Climate Justice

Social Protection for Climate Justice: Why and How?

Climate change disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations. Strengthening rights-based social protection systems using climate funding is crucial for managing climate-related risks and supporting long-term adaptation.

Key Points:

  • Human Right: Social security is recognized globally as a fundamental human right, crucial for combating poverty and promoting social inclusion.
  • Broader Scope: Social protection includes statutory measures and non-statutory supports like benefits, social assistance, public works, and social insurance.
  • Resilience: Social protection systems help communities manage risks from illness to economic downturns and climate change.
  • Sustainable Development: Social protection is essential to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 1 (no poverty).
  • Climate Justice: Vulnerable groups in low-income countries face the greatest climate risks, despite contributing the least to climate change.
  • Integrated Approach: Combining social protection with climate action enhances resilience and supports just transitions to greener economies.

Call to Action:

  1. Build Universal Systems: Invest in integrated social protection systems for all life stages.
  2. Rights-Based Schemes: Ensure individuals have the right to support for climate-related losses.
  3. Incorporate Climate Measures: Include social protection in national climate strategies.
  4. Invest in Financing: Increase funding for social protection through international finance mechanisms like the Loss and Damage Fund.

Learn More

Read the full policy brief on the strategic use of climate funding for social protection and climate justice here.