Loss& Damage Fund becomes operational with over $ 250 m commitments

Loss& Damage Fund becomes operational with over $ 250 m commitments
بقلم Marwa Nassar - -

Reaching a historic agreement to operationalize the Loss and Damage Fund, the UAE announced today its commitment of $100 million to the Fund, which aims to provide financial assistance to countries at extreme risk from climate change, to support climate change mitigation and recovery. Other countries making notable commitments included Germany, which committed $100million, the UK, which committed £40million for the Fund and £20million for other arrangements, Japan, which contributed $10million and the U.S., which committed $17.5million.

The Fund was first agreed upon during COP27, held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and becomes operational today following the agreement reached by parties during 5 transitional committee meetings, which was hosted earlier this month in Abu Dhabi.

COP28 President Dr. Sultan Al Jaber today gaveled the first major milestone of COP28 delivering a historic agreement to operationalize the Fund which will assist developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, known in the negotiations as ‘Loss and Damage’

“The hard work of many people over many years, has been delivered in Dubai.” Dr. Al Jaber said today, “the speed at which the world came together, to get this fund operationalized within one year since Parties agreed to it in Sharm El Sheikh is unprecedented.”

Loss and Damage is essential even if the world meets climate mitigation goals because a “locked-in” level of warming has already impacted vulnerable communities being hit by extreme weather events, such as storms and floods, reduced agricultural productivity, and rising sea levels.

This decisive action on Loss and Damage will enable the Parties to focus on the strongest possible response to the Global Stocktake, the world’s report card on progress toward Paris Agreement goals.

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