Washington DC Convening of US & LatAm CSOs
16th October 2023.
Loss & Damage: Linking the Lived Experience with International Policy Debates
Discussions of loss and damage are dominated by political controversy and high-level policy design. It is vital to ensure that any policy response – from the global level to the most local level – is responsive to the needs and priorities of frontline communities. There are contextual differences on how loss and damage is experienced by frontline communities, but there is an opportunity to explore commonalities on how communities and policymakers in the US and Latin American countries can work together to ensure human dignity.
With the approach of COP28 and the expectation that Parties will agree on how to operationalize new funding arrangements and a new fund to address loss and damage, this timely discussion of these issues will bring to the fore the perspectives, needs, and priorities of local communities. Speakers from government and US and Latin American civil society organizations will explore this topic from their individual perspectives.
- InterAction 1400 16th St NW #210 Washington
- Discussion Panel – 13:00 EDT
- Civil Society Dialogue – 14:30 EDT
- Closing - 17:00 EDT
- US Administration representative (invited)
- US Congressional representative (invited)
- Adrian Martinez Blanco, Director, La Ruta del Clima
- Rachel Cleetus, Policy Director, Climate & Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Rev. Dallas Conyers, Faith and JEDI Manager, Southeast Climate & Energy Network
- Ashlee Thomas, Senior Policy Advisor, International Climate Finance, Oxfam America
Moderator – TBC
The civil society dialogue is a small gathering of US and Latin American CSOs to enable groups to share perspectives on loss and damage, discuss current work on the issue at local, national, and global levels, and explore potential areas for collaboration.
IF WE MOVE TOWARDS A LOSS AND DAMAGE NARRATIVE FROM FRONTLINE COMMUNITIES’ PERSPECTIVES, WE GET CLOSER TO CLIMATE JUSTICE.
TOWARDS A LOSS AND DAMAGE NARRATIVE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF COMMUNITIES
We believe in social transformation through collective action. Loss and damage are a fight for justice and human dignity. Communities are fighting to ensure that their lives are respected and that human dignity is at the heart of addressing loss and damage.
La Ruta del Clima and Oxfam are promoting a series of dialogues to strengthen a justice-based narrative on Loss and Damage. We want to build a shared advocacy agenda on loss and damage that goes beyond any borders between US and Latin American and Caribbean civil society. If we listen to each other, we can find a collective voice that addresses loss and damage and breaks systemic barriers that deny us our human dignity.
MORE ABOUT US:
La Ruta del Clima is a Costa Rican NGO that advocates for the public’s right to participate in climate governance processes. La Ruta prioritizes collaboration with other organizations to amplify the voices of frontline communities and to inform policy discussions so they engage and respond to the needs of those communities. La Ruta del Clima has conducted a case study in Costa Rica, which was submitted to the UNFCCC Transitional Committee on Loss and Damage, and in late September will travel to Puerto Rico to explore the lived experience of loss and damage, the priorities and needs of communities, and the gaps in support. These case studies are intended to inform the ongoing discussion about loss and damage and to build solidarity among civil society and communities in the United States and Latin America.