Bonn Conference Highlights Divisions on Damage and Loss

The UNFCCC’s Bonn climate change conference wrapped up Thursday amid criticism of rich regions’ failure to compensate countries which have done little to contribute to global warming. The gathering was held to prepare for the COP27, due to take place in Egypt in November. Poorer countries say the issue of compensation for damage and loss brought about overwhelmingly by richer countries’ emissions has been sidelined by the US and Europe, the BBC reports. Some impacts from climate change can’t be avoided through mitigation, adaptation and other measures like disaster risk management, leaving many least developed countries and small island developing states at high risk of climate-related impacts. “Our regional climate-related challenges are becoming progressively worse,” Alliance of Small Island States climate lead negotiator Conrod Hunte said last week. “Adequate and accessible finance to adapt to the crushing effects of climate change and build resilience – in the form of grants and innovative measures – is the only way forward,” he said, calling for a dedicated loss and damage financing facility. Unlike COP gatherings, there were no specific deadlines to be met at the Bonn conference. 


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