Loss and damage: a guide for the confused

For many people this issue of ‘loss and damage’ seems to have come out of the blue and is still mired in confusion.

At the nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP19) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Warsaw, Poland in December 2013, all parties agreed to set up a new Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage with an Executive Committee and three year mandate to report back at COP22 in December 2016 (most likely to be held in Morocco). I will attempt to provide some clarity as to its history, current status and future prospects from my perspective.