A future for a just and equitable climate transition

Looking back at the 20th anniversary event of the Prince Claus Chair for Equity and Development
Queen Maxima of The Netherlands speaking with members of the Prince Claus Chair curatoriam

On 6 December 2023, Utrecht University and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Prince Claus Chair in Equity and Development (PCC) with Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.

Towards a just climate transition

The PCC anniversary event honours the life and legacy of Prince Claus (1926-2002), who, in his time, challenged thinking on North-South relations and equity. The event focused on climate transition, exploring where we are and how we can move forward with global cooperation at the forefront. 

Guiding these conversations were renowned speakers Vera Songwe, Bart van den Hurk, Joost de Laat and PCC chairholders Sebastián Ureta, Fatima Denton, Khayaat Fakier, Veena Srinivasan and Gustavo García López. Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, reflected briefly on debates ongoing at COP28 in Dubai. Moderator Lynn Zebeda guided the dialogue on a just climate transition from the various perspectives given by our speakers, which included dimensions of gender, socioeconomics and development finance. 

Queen Maxima of The Netherlands with MA candidate Emily Edepi speaking with one another

Exchanging intergenerational knowledge

As a special treat, ISS MA candidates Emily Edepi and Nilo Rondelli were two of the four students selected to discuss their perspectives on climate change with Queen Máxima and Bert Koenders, former Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands. During their roundtable discussion, Edepi and Rondelli drew from their academic, professional and personal experiences to share their ideas towards a just climate transition in their home countries and beyond. 

About the PCC

The Prince Claus Chair in Equity and Development was established by Utrecht University and ISS in 2003 in honour of His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands.

The establishment of the Chair attests to the deep respect and appreciation of the academic community of Utrecht University and the ISS for Prince Claus as a person, for his work, and for his commitment to, and authority in, the field of equity and development worldwide.

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