Climate Change Research ›› 2021, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (2): 245-254.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2020.179

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Just transition in climate regime: concept development and governance progress

ZHANG Ying1,2(), JI Xiao-Ran3, WANG Mou1,2()   

  1. 1 Research Institute for Eco-Civilization, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 100028, China
    2 Research Center for Sustainable Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 100028, China
    3 Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 102488, China
  • Received:2020-08-18 Revised:2020-11-11 Online:2021-03-30 Published:2021-04-02
  • Contact: WANG Mou;


The topic of just transition in international climate governance involves employment issues and people’s livelihood, thus is one of the policy areas that countries are very concerned about. Just transition is now regarded as an important social mechanism to support the actions to address climate change. In recent years, the international community has actively promoted the establishment of a just transition institutional system for climate governance. More and more countries begin to propose and integrate just transition targets and measures into their national climate change strategies or plannings. The trend of mainstreaming just transition topics in the process of international climate governance has brought new opportunities and challenges for China to participate in and lead global climate governance. China should strengthen basic research on this issue; promote the affected groups to receive social justice and achieve a smooth transition in the domestic response to climate change; summarize specific practical experience; make better policies coordination; actively participate in the construction of just transition governance system under the UNFCCC.

Key words: Just transition, Climate governance, Employment, Action to address climate change

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