On June 27th, 2023, as part of the Enhancing Citizen Participation in Promoting Government Accountability under the Taladoon platform project funded by NED, we held a Twitter Spaces event titled "Climate Justice and Human Rights." The event brought together Dr. Mohamed Abdialhi Duale, Director General of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change of Somaliland, and over 100 engaged listeners to discuss the impact of climate change on human rights and communities in Somaliland, along with potential solutions.
Key Environmental and Climate Challenges:
Dr. Duale shed light on the major environmental and climate challenges Somaliland faces, including:
Drought: Somaliland experiences frequent and prolonged droughts, impacting livelihoods and food security.
Deforestation and Land Degradation: Unsustainable practices have led to soil erosion and desertification, further straining natural resources.
Livelihood and Food Security Threats: These challenges disrupt traditional ways of life and threaten food security for vulnerable communities.
Human Rights and Community Impacts:
The conversation explored the human rights dimensions of climate change in Somaliland, highlighting:
Vulnerable Communities: Women, children, and pastoralists are disproportionately affected by climate impacts, requiring specific attention.
Civil Society Roles: Organizations play a crucial role in advocating for climate justice and supporting communities.
Human Rights-Centered Policies: Climate action must be guided by human rights principles for equitable outcomes.
Engaging Discussion and Key Takeaways:
The interactive event generated valuable insights and suggestions:
Community-Based Solutions: Encouraging tree planting, soil conservation, and water harvesting can build resilience.
Inclusive Climate Policies: Adaptation and mitigation strategies must prioritize marginalized groups.
Strengthening Governance: Effective environmental management and resource mobilization require strong institutions.
International Collaboration: Technology transfer and support are crucial for building a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.
This event served as a platform to raise awareness, share knowledge, and garner ideas for tackling climate justice challenges in Somaliland. We are grateful to Dr. Duale and all participants for their valuable contributions. Building on this momentum, we aim to organize follow-up discussions and drive meaningful climate action in collaboration with communities and stakeholders.
Stay tuned for future updates and join us in advocating for a just and sustainable future for Somaliland!