Health organizations launch tough demand for funds for loss and damage – YubaNet

Sharm el-Sheikh, 16 November 2022 – As negotiations move to ministerial level at the COP27 Climate Summit in Egypt, the Global Alliance for Climate and Health today reiterated its call for governments to that they undertake to establish a fund for loss and damage within the framework of the United Nations. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Outside the COP27 negotiating rooms, protesters chanted: “Pay! Pay! Pay for losses and damages! [1]. Inside, a negotiator for Guinea noted Nov. 10 that climate change is having existential impacts across the African continent, with homes destroyed, populations displaced and huge economic costs. While the G77 and China are keen to agree on the creation of a fund at COP27, with the finer details to be confirmed by COP28, Canada, the EU and the United States are pushing for a news two years examine the current context and assess the need and potential mechanisms for a dedicated funding mechanism for loss and damage.

“A two-year delay in assessing whether or not to establish a dedicated fund for loss and damage would be totally unacceptable, given the urgency of the climate crisis and the delays that low-income countries are already experiencing. had to go through to receive funding to fight climate change impacts,” said Dr Jeni Miller, executive director of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, which brings together more than 130 health organizations around the world to fight against climate change and to protect and promote public health.

“Ahead of the close of COP27, developed/high-income country governments should prioritize the establishment of a loss and damage fund to provide financing to low-income countries that have been impacted by climate change. climate change, including for damage to people’s health and health systems – there can be no more delay,” Miller said.

“Vulnerable and affected countries desperately need these funds to offset impacts on people’s health and well-being as they respond to climate crises that are not their fault. Low-income countries feeling the brunt of climate change cannot afford two years of talk – they need guarantees to receive the critical funds they desperately need,” Miller added.

Health losses and damages include damage to health facilities and supply chain infrastructure, costs of treating people with health impacts, and costs to households and the national economy. resulting from the loss of labor productivity. These losses can be acute, such as deaths during floods, or chronic, such as malnutrition resulting from food shortage, or increased burden of vector-borne diseases – linked to climate changes in rainfall and temperature. .

“Around the world, health workers are seeing the human face of loss and damage,” said Jen Kuhl, head of networks and engagement for the Global Climate and Health Alliance. “Malaria is reported in the highlands of Uganda, where it was previously unheard of. Recent floods in Pakistan destroyed health centers and homes, and displaced millions of people, including thousands of pregnant women who were forced to give birth in unsafe conditions.

“Vulnerable nations have been calling for increased recognition of loss and damage for years,” Kuhl added. “As extreme weather events increase in frequency and intensity, people shouldn’t have to wait for international donors to step up every time there is a climate catastrophe. Meanwhile, slower impacts such as droughts that affect agriculture and thereby exacerbate hunger are a stark reality in many developing regions Developed countries must urgently commit to establishing a fund for loss and damage – there is no time to spare,” Kuhl said.

“We still don’t see convincing progress on comprehensive and accountable mechanisms to deliver the level and type of funding required,” said Jess Beagley, policy officer for the Global Climate and Health Alliance. “While New Zealand announced funding for loss damage, reallocating funding from its commitment to funding mitigation and adaptation, Germany and the G7 countries have proposed a structure of insurance, the Global Shield. None of that is good enough,” Beagley added.

“Loss and damage financing must be new and additional, on top of already existing climate finance for mitigation and adaptation and broader development assistance. Redirecting funds away from mitigation and adaptation to loss and damage only makes subsequent loss and damage more inevitable. Insurance-based mechanisms are insufficient – ​​increasing climate impacts mean that the most vulnerable regions may simply not be considered insurable, and it is unclear how insurance would deal with slow-onset events. Moreover, financing for loss and damage must be provided in the form of grants, not loans which only serve to bog developing countries down in years of external debt,” concluded Beagley.

[1] Africa News: ‘Pay for Loss and Damage’ activists demand during protest at COP27

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