14 March, 2016

The Warsaw International Mechanism - what has happened until now and what are the next big steps?

The second meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impact (Excom) took place from 2 to 5 February 2016 in Bonn, Germany.

Critical issues discussed relate in particular to the suitability of available instruments, in particular disaster risk management and reduction, to address the impacts resulting from anthropogenic climate change. An important background to keep in mind in this context is that disaster risk management, as captured in the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, is explicitly a matter of national responsibility. The extent to which loss and damage associated with anthropogenic climate change will be responded to internationally is an open question.