‘Loss and damage’ is a particular phrase the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change uses to refer to the consequences of climate change that go beyond what people can adapt to – such as low-lying nations experiencing a rise in sea levels – or when options exist, but a community doesn’t have the resources to access them – such as rebuilding after severe weather events, or weathering an extreme heatwave. The first mention of loss and damage by the UNFCCC was in 1991, but there’s been little movement on financing it in the decades since.
In this digital event sponsored by Fondation de France.
Moderated by Alliance digital editor Elika Roohi, the event’s speakers were:
- Eva Peace Mukayiranga: founding member of Loss and Damage Youth Coalition, Rwanda
- Heather McGray: director of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, US
- Mohammad Shahjahan: deputy director of the Young Power in Social Action Project, Bangladesh