Reflections on COP28 | Landmark launch of the L&D fund and using data for climate policymaking
COP28 kicked off in Dubai with a monumental achievement 30+ years in the making: the operationalisation of the
Loss and Damage (L&D) Fund. This fund – whilst not perfect – is a critical step towards climate justice and will play a vital role in supporting developing countries and communities on the front line of climate impacts. To contribute to the L&D discussions at COP28, IMPACT and the Secretariat of the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) published a
policy brief utilising humanitarian research to strengthen the evidence base on non-economic losses (NELs) in fragile and conflict-affected situations.
Our exploratory research project with the PDD has demonstrated the great value of our MSNA data in informing global L&D policymaking. This is particularly relevant to understanding the specific vulnerabilities of people displaced due to slow and sudden onset disasters. To fully utilisethe potential of this data source, we need to further harmonise our MSNA indicators on displacement and climate-related shocks. Additionally, we should explore ways to better capture the interlinked drivers of displacement.
Jasper Linke, Assessment Specialist in IMPACT’s global migration team
The brief notably underscored a critical data gap in humanitarian research pertaining to how displacement, disasters, and NELs interact in fragile and conflict-affected situations. It advocates for leveraging existing humanitarian data sources, especially
Multi-Sector Needs Assessments (MSNAs). MSNAs are widely used by humanitarian actors to inform decisions around the allocation of aid, but remain underutilised in the global discourse on L&D, despite offering a robust framework for analysing displacement and associated NELs.
Jasper Linke spoke at the panel on “Action and Support to Avert, Minimize, and Address Displacement Related to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change”, organized by the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) and UNOPS.
Following the conclusion of COP28, it is clear that there is still much work ahead to achieve climate justice, as fragile and conflict-affected countries and communities bear the brunt of climate change's immediate impacts, whilst often contributing the least to global carbon emissions.
The UN Climate COP is a unique event where the world comes together to try and address the biggest threat of our generation: climate change. While the operationalisation of the loss and damage fund and the conclusions of the first global stocktake under the Paris Agreement are positive outcomes from this COP, all indicators show that not enough is being done soon enough. At our current rate of emissions, the 1.5-degree limit will be reached in less than six years, with severe consequences in terms of the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
, Senior Climate Advisor at IMPACT
GRF | IMPACT's pledges on localisation, economic inclusion, and climate resilience at Global Refugee Forum 2023
As COP28 wrapped up last week, so did the Global Refugee Forum. Convened every four years, this forum, the largest international gathering on refugees globally, offers the opportunity for many actors to announce concrete pledges and contributions to support the practical implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).
IMPACT contributed two pledges related to implementation of the GCR ahead of the forum. These pledges address the following objectives:
- Advancing localisation in displacement and statelessness responses
- Economic inclusion and social protection
- Climate action and finance
- Climate resilient sustainable human settlements for refugees and their hosting communities