COP27: Climate Loss and Damage

Remember that the poorest countries – many in Africa such as Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, but also in Asia and the West Indies – are responsible for barely 5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions). Richer countries are slowing down to contribute financially to the damage for which they bear more responsibility.

This inequality prompted the 58 member states of the V20 ( Climate Vulnerability Forum) to appeal to the more developed countries to fund what, in COP parlance, is called “loss and damage” (loss and damagethe most vulnerable countries. The debate continues through November 18 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, where representatives from more than 190 countries gather.

Isabelle Bourgogne speaks of global warming, but above all of the damages distributed unevenly between countries, with:

What are the main climate change challenges for the people of Cameroon? Infectious diseases, heat waves and drought: what are their effects on the health of the population in general? Is holding COP27 on the African continent an opportunity for countries of the South to highlight climate injustice?

We talk about compensation, or “climate debt,” or “historical liability”: how do we calculate a “fair share” for Quebec or Canada?

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The issue of climate refugees is one that will only become more urgent: if the Nordic countries have a responsibility to prevent them, do they also have a responsibility to welcome? In Cameroon, are we really seeing an increase in migration and displacement?

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PHOTO: COP27 Ministers’ Roundtable, November 14/UNFCCC/Flickr

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