Actions after impacts: non-party stakeholders delivering solutions to address loss and damage

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This Marrakech Partnership Lab event at COP28 explored how to accelerate action to tackle the increasing losses and damages communities are experiencing from the impacts of climate change.

In-person at COP28 in Expo City Dubai (Al Jeer room), Al Wasl Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and online.
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Last updated 7 December 2023
Man standing on a house roof holds a hammer.

A house washed away by the effects of climate change. His owner breaks it to collect the last brick to shift to another place to settle (Photo: Moniruzzaman Sazal/Climate Visuals Countdown, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

The world is grappling with unprecedented challenges posed by climate change, with particularly devastating impacts on vulnerable communities. Communities globally are experiencing increasing levels of loss and damage due to extreme weather events, gradual environmental degradation and other climate-induced disruptions.

Professor Saleemul Huq was a relentless advocate for the most climate-vulnerable populations, and his work significantly contributed to elevating their struggles to the global platform. To honour and meaningfully extend the legacy of Professor Huq, this interactive session was convened with a view to move from discussions to decisive action.

To achieve this, there is a critical need to understand and tackle loss and damage from both economic and non-economic perspectives. Localised, actionable research and grassroots voices are more crucial than ever to inform effective practical solutions.

This event is a UNFCCC Marrakech Partnership Special Implementation Lab organised by IIED, the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).


  • Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, COP28 president (TBC)
  • Hon Shahab Uddin, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bangladesh (TBC)
  • Simon Stiel, UNFCCC executive secretary (TBC)
  • Professor Mizan Khan, deputy director, ICCCAD

Reflections on why local action really matters for loss and damage

  • HE Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High Level Champion, COP28
  • Mairi Mcallan, cabinet secretary, Scottish government
  • Nate Matthews, CEO, Global Resilience Partnership

Conversation with on practical local solutions to loss and damage

  • Ritu Bharadwaj, principal researcher and team leader, IIED
  • Chimwemwe Sakunda Ndhlovu, Malawi
  • Christine Mutuku, Muungano wa Wanavijiji, Kenya
  • Ericka Lynne Nava, Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives

Reflections how to take solutions on loss and damage to scale

  • Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High Level Champion, COP27
  • Sheela Patel, director, SPARC
  • Tom Mitchell, executive director, IIED

Conversation on scaling up action and finance

  • Atiqul Islam, mayor Dhaka North, Bangladesh
  • Rowan Douglas, Howden Group
  • Xavier Castellanos Mosquera, under-secretary general, IFRC
  • Astrid Zwick, Global Shield

Delivering a legacy of action on loss and damage

  • Tom Mitchell, executive director, IIED
  • Professor Jim Skea, chair of the IPCC (TBC)
  • David Howlett, Climate Champions Team


David Howlett ([email protected]), head of policy at the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP)