Crossing the Buriganga river at Sadarghat in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Image credit: Pexels
Following a brief developed last year, this brief explains further why words matter when we talk about Loss and Damage within the policy agenda aimed at addressing loss and damage. We must ensure that work on Loss and Damage under the UNFCCC focuses on addressing loss and damage, the role of the Convention and the mandate of the WIM. Doing so is essential to build the kind of global architecture we need to cultivate to ensure that vulnerable developing countries are supported and equipped to address loss and damage from the impacts of climate change. Addressing the risks of loss and damage puts the focus on future loss and damage and ignores the current on the ground realities of loss and damage which is happening now. We call on all of those who are working on Loss and Damage to reflect the importance of addressing loss and damage in their work and in their framing of Loss and Damage. Read more about the distinctions in this new policy brief.