Support Centre For Vulnerable Developing Country Negotiators
The Loss and Damage Collaboration's support centre for vulnerable developing country negotiators provides on demand support to negotiators from vulnerable developing countries. The centre has been established in response to demands from several vulnerable developing country negotiators for more support for their work during the UNFCCC intersessionals and the COP to advocate for finance to enable the world’s most vulnerable people, communities and countries to address loss and damage.

The centre provides targeted and on-demand support for Loss and Damage negotiators from vulnerable developing countries. Support is delivered through workshops, assistance to draft talking points and interventions, and technical support to prepare for, and engage during ExCom meetings and UNFCCC sessions.

As part of the activities of the Support Centre, the L&DC also works to strengthen its support of young negotiators from vulnerable developing countries working together as part of The New Generation.

The New Generation is a group of fourteen young negotiators from vulnerable developing countries that the L&DC works with to empower them as negotiators and strengthen their capacity to advocate for the most vulnerable on the frontlines of climate change in the global South. This work is being done in collaboration with the Climate Leadership Initiative, a fellowship program aimed at empowering young climate leaders from vulnerable developing countries through mentorship, training and coaching, and both a member and a partner of the L&DC.

See concept note here:
This is a project which started at COP25 in Madrid 2019. At that meeting of the countries who are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement, the Santiago Network for averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change (Santiago Network) was established.

The Santiago Network offered hope to frontline communities in the climate crisis that a body had been created to help them address loss and damage. This body would make sure there was action and support being provided on the ground in their communities including helping them access finance, technology and build their capacity to address these impacts. This was in the context of a world where climate impacts are increasing, and this is being felt by the most vulnerable people in our society who are the least responsible for climate change. These impacts are rapidly becoming worse.

This project started under the banner of the Loss and Damage Collaboration, an informal group of practitioners, researchers, activists and decision makers from both the global North and South who have expertise on a range of topics relating to the need to address loss and damage. It had a number of projects, including the Santiago Network Project which developed a committed group from a range of backgrounds led by Doreen Stabinsky and Heidi White who were concerned that the Santiago Network might become no more than a website.

The Santiago Network Working Group, as it was then called, has since been tireless in seeking to steer the negotiations on the Santiago Network from something that had become a website to something that had a dedicated negotiations stream under the UNFCCC, and a comprehensive decision with dedicated finance, agreed form and functions and a process for review. This included publications; advocacy e.g. interventions at meetings of negotiators on the Santiago Network and participation in and chairing of meetings of the Adaptation and Loss and Damage Friends Group which is led by the UK COP26 Presidency team; as well as coordination, capacity building, and support on the ground at the COP26 negotiations in Glasgow, United Kingdom in November 2021.

At COP26 there was positive progress, and the work of the Santiago Network Project will now shift to the 2022 negotiations where financial arrangements will be further elaborated and a decision will be adopted regarding the form or ‘institutional arrangements’ of the Santiago Network to finalise the decision to operationalise the Santiago Network and enable it to provide the help that vulnerable communities need to survive.

The Santiago Network Project is open to members from any background. It is important that our input into the negotiations is well-informed and based on the best available advice. We are particularly concerned to involve marginalised groups whose voices are not always heard to ensure the best outcome possible for the negotiations. We cannot be perfect but we can be ambitious and try as much as possible to learn from the past so that the assistance that is urgently needed is provided. These communities need help now and we need to ensure that the Santiago Network becomes effectively operationalised at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

For enquiries directly related to the Santiago Network Project please contact the Project Lead heidimareewhite [@]
Team Members
Co-Project Lead
Erin coordinates with negotiators from vulnerable developing countries regularly to ensure the outputs of the L&DC meet their needs and provides on demand support to several negotiators from vulnerable developing countries. She also supports the New Generation, a group of 16 young negotiators from vulnerable developing countries by organizing a weekly check in which includes coaching, thematic workshops and mentorship which she does in conjunction with her role as convenor of the Climate Leadership Initiative.
Co-Project Lead
Heidi White
Australian Lawyer and specialist advisor in UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations on the issue of loss and damage
The New Generation
ineza umuhoza grace
Founder of the youth-led Rwandan non-profit The Green Protector where she serves as an Executive Officer, and is the co-founder of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition (LDYC) where she serves as coordinator. Ineza has followed the climate negotiations since 2018.
Yared Abera
A Global Youth Climate Leader and founder and director of The Youth Print, an Ethiopian youth-led civil society organization creating innovative youth projects to support the Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, he joined the World Resource Institute as a Research Analyst. Yared has followed the climate negotiations since 2017.
Prakriti Koirala
A climate activist and a social worker from Nepal. She is a central member at Nepal Youth Council and Board of Governor for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Justina Aurea Belo
A climate activist and a social National Directorate of Climate Change in Timor-Leste.
Olivier Ishimwe
An environmentalist and climate activist, Olivier works with The Green Protector as a Communication Officer. Olivier started following the negotiations at COP 26, in 2021.
Hyacinthe Niyitegeka
A climate leader and water scientist, Hyacinthe is part of The Green Protector and a co-founder of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition (LDYC) where she serves as the coordinator of their advocacy working group. Hyacinthe has followed the climate negotiations since 2021.
Sandra Isingizwe
Community Mobilizer at a youth-led NGO, The Green Protector, part of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition(LDYC) training working group and a junior negotiator following the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) article since 2021 in COP 26.
An Environmentalist and co-founder of the LDYC where she serves as the coordinator of the training working group programs of Eva is also the Co-coordinator of the L&DC’s finance working group and the Finance Officer of The Green Protector. Eva has followed the climate negotiations since 2018.
Burkina Faso
Adama Sonia Fatimata Bandé
An environmentalist and lawyer specialising in environmental and social safeguarding, Adama also a specialist in rural electrification projects, climate change Researcher and has followed the Loss and Damage negotiations since 2015.
adeline cyuzuzo
Executive assistant at The Green Protector and coordinator of storytelling working group of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition (LDYC). Adeline is driven by change and aspires to achieve climate justice by raising her voice and advocating for frontline communities. Adeline has followed the climate negotiations since 2022.
Isingizwe Honorine
An environmentalist and climate scientist. A co-founder and executive director of a youth-led organization called Young Volunteers for the Environment(YVE) Rwanda; and a 2021 climate ambassador with Global Youth Climate Network; an initiative of World Bank Group–Youth2Youth community. Isingizwe has followed the climate negotiations since 2022.
Willy Missack
Works with the Vanuatu government on policy-making and advisory on disaster risk reduction and climate change programs, projects, initiatives, and activities by providing the CSO view to improve the national CCDRR policy.
Brenda Mwale
Works with Green Girls Platform in Malawi a female-led organisation focusing on women and girls in Climate Change. She has recently started working with UNICEF as a climate change youth Advocacy consultant. She is part of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition Advocacy Working Group. Brenda has followed the climate negotiations since 2021.
Alpha Amadou Diallo
 A mining engineer with a focus on Environment and Occupational Health and Safety in the Workplace. He is Certified in Impact Investment, Public Management, Civic Leadership and Business Entrepreneurship. With his function in managing projects he works as environmental impact assessment and Conservation. Currently he is Associate Partner and Project Manager for Greendeveeve_Sarl, Specialized in Environment and Occupational Health and Safety. Also, Executive Directorate of Greentransformation2050, specialized in Environment and Sustainable Development in light of Climate Change.
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