Najam Interviewed on Global Climate Politics and Negotiations

A Pakistani man cools down with water at a mosque during a heatwave in Karachi.
A Pakistani man cools down with water at a mosque during a heatwave in Karachi. (Source: AFP/File)

In an interview with Nature, Adil Najam, Dean Emeritus and Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, discusses COP27 and global climate negotiations. 

The article, titled “As COP27 kicks off, Egypt warns wealthy nations against ‘backsliding’,” notes that low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) who have begun to feel the impacts of climate change are beginning to make calls for climate justice and some form of “loss and damage,” which “is a reference to a demand from LMICs to be reimbursed for harm they experience as a result of emissions from high income countries.” Given that climate impacts in vulnerable countries are becoming much more visible and severe, Najam argues that an increase in these demands is to be expected. He adds that this issue will likely not be resolved at COP27 and that global climate politics are likely to get very messy.

The full article can be read on Nature‘s website.

Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who served as the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Najam on his faculty profile.