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Climate justice and loss and damage: a look at what COP28 meant for historical responsibility in climate action

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🗞️ Driving the news: The latest UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) marked a pivotal moment with the operationalisation of the Loss and Damage Fund, aimed at addressing the economic and non-economic impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities
• Despite the celebration of this advancement as a victory for climate justice, the fund's real impact and its alignment with the historical responsibility of wealthy polluters remain contentious

🔭 The context: The Loss and Damage Fund emerged against the backdrop of escalating climate impacts and the critical breaching of the 1.5C global warming threshold 
• It seeks to address the disproportionate effects of climate change on the Global South, spotlighting the need for developed countries to fulfill their financial commitments towards climate justice

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The operationalisation of the Loss and Damage Fund represents a significant step towards acknowledging the need for financial support to the most climate-vulnerable communities 
• However, the fund's effectiveness and fairness are under scrutiny, especially considering the historical emissions of developed nations and the current insufficiency of pledged amounts relative to the needs of developing countries

⏭️ What's next: The ongoing debate and divided opinions on the fund's adequacy highlight the complexity of achieving climate justice without fully addressing historical responsibility 
• The forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP29), dedicated to climate finance, will be critical in evaluating the progress and future direction of international efforts to support vulnerable populations

💬 One quote: "This Fund is recognition that those experiencing the worst impacts of the climate crisis are the least responsible for causing it, which is a huge accomplishment,” (Zahra Hdidou, Senior Resilience and Climate Advisor for ActionAid UK)

📈 One stat: The total pledges from developed countries by the end of COP28 exceeded US$700 million, which is less than 0.2% of the economic and non-economic losses developing countries face each year from climate impacts

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