Face up to loss and damages

Warrior on the coast ... The world needs to face up to the damages and loss caused by climate change. Picture: Patricia Mallam

THE international community needs to face up to the increasing loss and damage caused by climate change.

Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group, Gebru Jember Endalew said this as the UN climate change negotiations begins in Bonn, Germany from 30 April 30 to May 10, 2018.

Mr Endalew said climate impacts are already all around us.

“The severity and frequency of floods, storms, droughts, sea level rise and other impacts is only increasing and hundreds of millions of people are at risk of being displaced,” Mr Endalew said.

“The LDCs look forward to sharing their experiences in the upcoming Suva Expert Dialogue, continuing to work towards a concrete finance plan for loss and damage, and establishing a permanent place for discussions around this important issue.”

He said the LDCs look forward to the Talanoa Dialogue resulting in more ambitious action and support, as science tells us that even full implementation of current commitments under the Paris Agreement will not be enough to reach the 1.5 degree temperature goal.