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Side event
Breaking new ground: Risk financing for slow onset events


soe side event

THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2017 | 13:15 - 14:45




This side event, organized by the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage, aims to facilitate insightful thinking on features of financial instruments and innovative ways for collaboration and partnerships to enhance action and support for addressing the risks of slow onset events.

pdf-icon Summary note (1205 kB) of side event

Questions for panel discussion:
  • In the future, what features would financial instruments have to have so that efforts to address risks of loss and damage can be supported?

  • Risks of loss and damage may exceed national capacity or boundary. How can we work together to enhance support for countries' efforts?
Mr. Vhalinavho Khavagali, Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage pdf-icon Breaking new ground: risk financing for slow onset events (346 kB)  
Mr. Simone Quatrini, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification pdf-icon Structure, governance and targeted investors (156 kB)
Mr. Grammenos Mastrojeni, Italian Development Cooperation pdf-icon Is this marketable? (307 kB)
Mr. Manjeet Dhakal, Nepal pdf-icon Nepal floods (807 kB)
Mr. Espen Ronneberg, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme pdf-icon Lessons from the tropical cyclone frontline: adaptation, resilience and loss & damage (257 kB)
Mr. David Simmons, Willis Towers Watson pdf-icon Backdrop slide (179 kB)
Ms. Julie-Ann Richards, Climate Justice pdf-icon Loss and damage finance (57 kB)

Photo campaign

What are you doing to address the risks of slow onset events?

6 - 9 NOVEMBER 2017 | 9:00 - 18:30

Slow onset events, which include increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity, desertification, land and forest degradation, glacial retreat and salinization, occur gradually as a result of climate change. Because they occur over a long period of time, they can be challenging to address. If left unaddressed, however, they can lead to loss and damage. 

In an effort to raise awareness of slow onset events and innovative ways to address them, the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage is organizing a photo campaign leading up to the side event on risk financing for slow onset events taking place at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. At the conference, be sure to stop by our photo booth in the Bonn Zone where we will take a photo of you and your answer to the question above to share on social media using #ActOnSOEs, #COP23 and @UNFCCC. If you cannot attend the conference, check out the video below to find out how you can participate from anywhere in the world. 

Photos and responses collected during the campaign will be featured at the side event on 9 November.

Gallery of submissions

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pdf-icon Flyer (429 kB)

pdf-icon Summary note (1205 kB)

Related work undertaken under the UNFCCC
pdf-icon Technical paper on slow onset events (2012)

pdf-icon Synopsis of the technical paper on slow onset events

Online database of organizations working on slow onset events and  the scope of their current efforts

● Learn more about the work on slow onset events here>>>