in: Bündnis Entwicklung hilft, Bochum: Ruhr University Bochum – Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, 33-37
Social protection plays a critical role in responding to the immediate effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and in supporting socio-economic recovery efforts. In parallel, current calls for Building Back Better have emphasized that the climate crisis needs to be considered in Covid-19 recovery plans through enhanced climate change adaptation and mitigation action. In recent years, social protection has gained importance in addressing climate change risks and facilitating a just transition to a green economy. Therefore, the momentum for Building Back Better during and after the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to integrate social protection into green and resilient recovery strategies which should not be wasted. Against this background, this article describes the role of social protection in buffering economic and social impacts of the pandemic and emphasizes the importance of linking social protection systems with climate action to address the global climate crisis.