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: COP27: Comprehensive Multilateral Approaches to Loss and Damage
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COP27: Comprehensive Multilateral Approaches to Loss and Damage

The event will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, at 5:15 p.m. EGY.

Climate Justice Pavilion, Blue Zone, Sharm El-Sheikh International Convention Center (SHICC) or watch via livestream.
10:15 AM EST

Shishmaref, UNITED STATES: A home destroyed by beach erosion lies on its side 27 September 2006 in the the Alaskan village of Shishmaref. The village, home of Inupiat Eskimos, is located some 600 miles (965kms) northwest of Anchorage but just 110 miles (177kms) from the east coast of Russia. Shishmaref, on an island reachable only by air and inhabited for 4,000 years, is facing evacuation because of global warming. Temperatures that have risen 15F (4.4C) over the last 30 years are causing a reduction in sea ice, thawing of permafrost along the coast, making the shoreline vulnerable to erosion. The census of 2000 reported there were 562 people, 142 households, and 110 families residing in the village all facing evacuation and the loss of their traditional life. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS via Getty Images.

As climate impacts proliferate, there is an urgent need to address losses and damages—one of the most salient issues discussed at COP27. Loss and damage disproportionately affects communities in climate-vulnerable countries, and coalitions of these countries—including the Group of 77, the Alliance of Small Island States, and the Vulnerable Twenty—are calling for rapid progress on this issue during the conference.

This event brings together leading global experts and advocates to discuss loss and damage from a justice perspective and evaluate comprehensive multilateral policy approaches to loss and damage that include and surpass financing. With decades of experience in both science and advocacy, the panelists will highlight possible pathways forward and all that is at stake with inaction.

Dana Ahmed, Youth Climate Advocate, Founder of EcoSpectrum

Manish Bapna, President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council

In conversation:
Professor Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development
Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, Climate Change Special Envoy, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Liane Schalatek, Associate Director of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

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