Adelaide Maphangane stands beside an empty water hole in the district of Mabalane, Mozambique. Image credit: Southern Africa drought - Mozambique, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, licenced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
This year marks 30 years since the world came together to agree to an international treaty to address climate change which became the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). During the recent UNFCCC intersessional, the spring meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB 56) which was held in June 2022, several issues relevant to Loss and Damage were discussed including:
(1) Matters related to Santiago Network under the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts;
(2) the Global Stocktake (GST);
(3) the New Collective Quantified Goal on climate finance (NCQG); and
(4) the Glasgow Dialogue as well as the proposed agenda items on funding arrangements on Loss and Damage.
This policy brief looks at the key outcomes on Loss and Damage from the SB 56 intersessional and articulates the expectations for an ambitious outcome on the road to and at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to take place from November 6th to 18th, 2022 in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt. It also provides a set of recommendations for what should be achieved at COP 27 in order to develop a roadmap for meeting the needs on the ground in vulnerable developing countries.