• 07
    Jun
    2011
Side event
UNFCCC side event on Loss and damage

Time:

01:00 - 00:59

Venue:

Bonn

City:

Bonn

Country:

Germany

Bonn, Germany
7 June 2011

The secretariat organized a side event at SBI 34, under the guidance of the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), in order to provide an opportunity to inform Parties on the state of current knowledge, expertise and potential for support from relevant organizations to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts.


Background   The Conference of Parties (COP) in its decision  1/CP.16 established the Cancun Adaptation Framework with the objective of enhancing action on adaptation.  It further decided to establish a work programme in order to consider approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

The COP, by the same decision, requested the SBI to agree on activities to be undertaken under the work programme and to make recommendations on loss and damage to the COP for its consideration at COP 18.

The COP invited Parties and relevant organizations to submit to the secretariat views and information on elements to be included in the work programme, including the following (decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 28):

  • ­Possible development of a climate risk insurance facility to address impacts associated with severe weather events;
  • Options for risk management and reduction, risk sharing and transfer mechanisms such as insurance, including options for micro-insurance, and resilience-building, including through economic diversification;
  • Approaches for addressing rehabilitation measures associated with slow onset events;
  • Engagement of stakeholders with relevant specialized expertise.

Overview of submissions   In response to the invitation by the COP, 22 Parties and 19 organizations (IGOs and NGOs) provided inputs, containing:

  • Valuable information and knowledge arising from the ongoing approaches to climate-related risk reduction and management;­
  • Technical views on alternative and innovative ways to transfer loss and damage from residual risks;
  • Concrete offers of support to the implementation of the work programme.

Following the request by the COP, the secretariat prepared a synthesis report based on the inputs provided by Parties and organization (decision 1/CP.16 paragraph 29).

The submissions confirmed that considerable activity already exists that needs to be taken into account in designing the new work programme.  The UNFCCC side event was organized under the guidance of the Chair of the SBI in order to provide an opportunity to inform Parties on the state of current knowledge, expertise and potential for support from relevant organizations to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts.

Presentations and Statements

Further information

World Meteoreological Organization (150 kB)

http://www.wmo.int

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (1124 kB)

http://www.desinventar.net

http://www.preventionweb.net

Global insurance industry (1070 kB)

http://www.climatewise.org.uk

http://www.genevaassociation.org

http://www.unepfi.org

http://www.climate-insurance.org

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (202 kB)

http://www.ccrif.org

UN Development Programme (182 kB)

http://www.undp.org

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (159 kB)

http://www.iclei.org

World Bank (2006 kB)

Climate Change Knowledge Portal

Climate Investment Fund

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

ActionAid (on behalf of CAN) (30 kB)

http://www.actionaid.org

http://www.climatenetwork.org

International Labour Organization (60 kB)

http://www.ilo.org

Language:

English