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Side Event
Shining the Light on Non‐economic Losses
Challenges, Risks and Lessons Learned for Addressing Them

 

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WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 2016| 13:15 – 14:45
Room: Berlin | Conference Centre Bonn – Germany

This is the first side event organized by the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage. The event showcased some of the challenges, risks and lessons learned with addressing non-economic losses associated with climate change impacts.

 

pdf-icon Summary note (948 kB) of the side event


The key objectives of the side event were to:

  • Raise awareness and understanding of the nature and extent of non-economic losses;
  • Put a spotlight on some of the challenges and risks that non-economic losses pose to developing countries;
  • Highlight some of the lessons learned associated with addressing non-economic losses, including how to integrate measures to reduce the risk of non-economic losses in comprehensive approaches to address loss and damage.
 
Speakers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Mr.Abias Huongo - Least Developed Countries Expert Group pdf-icon LDC Expert Group inputs on non-economic losses at the national level: Practical examples and case studies to highlight lessons learned, risks, challenges associated with addressing non-economic losses at the national level (220 kB)             
Mr.Espen Ronneberg - Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme pdf-icon Non-economic loss and damage: Perspectives from the Pacific (313 kB)
Mr.Estebancio Castro Dias - International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of Tropical Forests pdf-icon Shining the light on non‐economic losses - Challenges, risks and lessons learned for addressing them (594 kB)
Ms.Marina Maiero - World Health Organization pdf-icon Side event on non-economic losses, UNFCCC Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (516 kB)
Ms.Olivia Serdeczny - Climate Analytics pdf-icon Non-economic losses – Understanding the challenges (314 kB)
Ms.Shereen D‘Souza - Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism pdf-icon Shining the light on non-economic losses - Challenges, risks, and lessons learned for addressing them (697 kB)
 

Click here for more information on our work on non-economic losses.

 

Key Questions for roundtable discussion

 
  • Question 1: How national governments, international, regional and national organizations and communities could improve or develop integration of non-economic losses in the decision making processes and policies to reduce the risk of NELs? What are the challenges, risks, and approaches to address NELs?

  • Question 2: How can the work of Executive Committee contribute to strengthening efforts to integrate measures to reduce the risk of non-economic losses in comprehensive approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change?
 
Photo booth campaign (16–18 May 2016, World Conference Centre Bonn)
 
The campaign for raising awareness of the issues related to non-economic losses took place in the lead up to the side event. It posed the question: “What do non-economic losses mean to you?” and a total of 65 people participated, representing a wide range of stakeholders from around the world (see images below).
pdf-icon Shining The Light On Non‐economic Losses pdf-icon Shining The Light On Non‐economic Losses

For further information on the Warsaw International Mechanism and its Executive Committee's work, or should you have any questions please contact: loss-damage@unfccc.int

 
Event Materials
pdf-icon Flyer (794 kB)
 
Related work undertaken under the UNFCCC
pdf-icon Technical paper on non-economic losses in the context of the work programme on loss and damage (2013)

pdf-icon Synopsis of the technical paper