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Loss and Damage, Human Rights & State and Corporate Accountability

COP28: Loss and Damage, Human Rights & State and Corporate Accountability

During the COP28 discussions in the UAE, Femnet along with a panel comprised of experts in social movements, grassroots women, and frontline communities delved into the interconnected issues of climate, gender, and economic injustice. The session aimed to dissect the root causes of these injustices and shed light on effective strategies for addressing loss and damage.

The experts employed an intersectional lens to analyze the root causes of climate change, emphasizing the complex interplay between environmental degradation, gender inequality, and economic disparities. This approach sought to unravel the deeper systemic issues contributing to the global climate crisis.

Addressing the critical issue of loss and damage, the panel prioritized discussions on funding arrangements. Recognizing the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable communities, the experts underscored the urgent need for robust financial mechanisms to support adaptation and recovery efforts. The panel also clarified the human rights obligations of both States and corporations in the context of climate justice, emphasizing accountability and creating a framework that holds entities responsible for their contributions to environmental degradation and their impacts on marginalized communities.

Drawing insights from grassroots women and frontline communities, the panel advocated for community-centric solutions. This approach prioritizes the voices and agency of those most affected by climate change, ensuring that solutions are inclusive, equitable, and address the unique challenges faced by different groups. The panel concluded by urging for collective action to dismantle the structural inequalities perpetuating climate, gender, and economic injustices. Emphasizing the need for systemic change, the experts called on governments, corporations, and civil society to collaborate in shaping policies that prioritize justice, sustainability, and the well-being of all.

By dissecting the root causes and exploring comprehensive solutions, the COP28 panel contributed to a broader understanding of climate justice that integrates environmental concerns with social and economic considerations. This intersectional approach reflects a commitment to creating a sustainable and equitable future for all.

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