‘Loss and damage is a human rights and climate justice issue,’ says Sharmind Neelormi, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh, who has written a substantive report on gender, loss and damage. ‘The most vulnerable countries are most likely to suffer.’
As a guest speaker at the forum, Pacific Partnerships to Strengthen Gender and Climate Change Response and Sustainable Development, being held in Nadi, Dr Neelormi said, ‘It is already clear that the impacts of climate change on our societies, particularly in Bangladesh and here in the Pacific, lead to loss and damage for vulnerable households.’
‘We are all vulnerable differently – women, men, children, young people, and both CSOs and government machineries for women need to document this. Doing a vulnerability profile is key.’
Dr Neelormi said the concept of loss and damage requires new approaches to finance, compensation and rehabilitation. These approaches must also consider non-economic losses such as the loss of family, territory, culture or livelihoods that will result from radical changes in climate, whether at local, regional or global level.
New approaches are also necessary to address the effects of slow-onset disasters that lead to migration, displacement and planned relocation.
The week-long forum (9–13 June) was convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality and the Pacific Youth Council.
For further information please contact Brigitte Leduc, SPC Gender Adviser (
or Tarusila Bradburgh, Coordinator of the Pacific Youth Council (