Past Event

Loss and Damage: Financing Climate Resilience

June 19, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Reid Hall 4 Rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris France

This event will be held in English.

Co-sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Columbia Climate School, and the Alliance Program. With support from Christophe Jaffrelot.

This event will be a chance to gain unique insights into the current and upcoming global climate discussions, and to engage in a discussion with Professor Saleemul Huq (ICCCAD), Mathilde Bord-Laurans (AFD), and Emmanuel Guerin, (ECF). The panel discussion will be followed by a reception with light refreshments in the Reid Hall garden.


While it is widely recognized that the impacts of climate change are felt much more severely in countries that have contributed the least to global emissions, the mechanics of how this climate justice issue is addressed by governments in global climate negotiations are much less known to the public.

The question of how to support vulnerable countries dealing with losses and damages from climate change has been at the heart of negotiations for many years, and saw a major breakthrough at COP27, with the creation of a ‘Loss and Damage Fund’. This was shortly followed by the announcement of a global finance summit in Paris called for by French President Emmanuel Macron. What are the overlapping topics of discussion across this event and the climate negotiations, and why do they matter in the fight against climate change, and for climate justice? Where should these funds come from, and what does it mean for the international community? Can the June ‘Summit for a new global finance pact’ help provide some options in preparation for COP28?

Note: This event will not be livestreamed, but it will be recorded and posted to the Columbia Global Centers | Paris YouTube channel. We invite you to subscribe, and turn on notifications to learn when the video is posted.


Dr. Saleemul Huq

Director, International Center for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD)

Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment & Development

Mathilde Bord-Laurans

Responsable de la division Climat et Nature, Agence française de développement (AFD)

Emmanuel Guerin

Executive Director, European Climate Foundation (ECF)

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