By Chatham House
25 / 01 / 2022
Video credit: Chatham House's The Environment and Society Discussion Series

Excellent first event in a series of two from Chatham House's The Environment and Society Discussion Series outlining the key debates and discuss what progress has been made on advancing the loss and damage agenda within climate negotiations to date.

Loss and damage refers to harms and destruction caused by climate change impacts that cannot be avoided through mitigation or adaptation.

While it has gained increasing recognition in international climate change negotiations, turning the concept of loss and damage into tangible action for climate-vulnerable countries has been contentious.

Loss and damage is interwoven with issues of fairness and equity. The issue is highly disputed due to its connection with the historical responsibility of developed countries in causing climate change, as well as associated calls for compensation from developing countries.

At COP26, Scotland became the first government to pledge funds for loss and damage for countries in the Global South. However, most climate-vulnerable countries left disappointed by the failure of the Glasgow Climate Pact to secure the establishment of a dedicated loss and damage financing facility.

Developing countries have made it clear that they will continue to push for a new financing facility in the Glasgow Dialogue, a set of international discussions on loss and damage kicking off in June.


Dr Adelle Thomas, Senior Caribbean Research Associate, Climate Analytics

Professor Lisa Vanhala, Principal Investigator of Climate Change Loss and Damage and Professor of Political Science, University College London

Nisreen Elsaim, Chair, UN Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Chair: Nina Jeffs, Schwarzman Academy Fellow, Environment and Society Programme, Chatham House