on 19th November 2013

Stop the madness

Dear Minister:

Act now to establish an international mechanism on climate change-induced loss and damage at COP19 in Warsaw. Inevitable loss and damage is a reality – we need solutions now!

The world has now entered the era of devastating climate change-induced loss and damage. Our collective failure to adequately mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and support necessary adaptation actions means that vulnerable communities, ecosystems and countries face increasing loss and damage due to climate change impacts on an unprecedented scale. Typhoon Haiyan, which has affected nearly 13 million people in the Philippines alone, is a stark reminder of just how serious the impacts of major storms and extreme weather-related events can be.

In 1992, developed countries agreed to take the lead in addressing climate change under the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. Yet they have failed to take sufficient action in line with the latest climate science. While politicians talk, emissions are increasing at an alarming rate, making a global temperature rise of more than 4 degrees Celsius by 2100 a distinct possibility.

There is no time to lose. COP19 must be a historic milestone and those most responsible for climate change must adhere to their legal and moral responsibilities for reducing and tackling climate change impacts. Yet, even with urgent action, the world will increasingly experience substantial loss and damage. In the absence of adequate mitigation and support for adaptation, an international mechanism on loss and damage is not an option – it is a necessity.  

Whilst the UNFCCC has existing mechanisms and instruments on mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology and clean development, there is no specific mechanism to address loss and damage. Nor can loss and damage simply be subsumed under existing frameworks. It requires a dedicated international mechanism to advance the important work of tackling climate change impacts and compensate countries for the loss and damage they are increasingly sustaining.

Governments agreed at COP18 that the UNFCCC’s role on loss and damage includes enhancing knowledge and understanding; strengthening global coordination and coherence; and enhancing action and support to address loss and damage. More than 130 developing countries have now issued a joint proposal for an international mechanism. We the undersigned now urgently call on the Conference of the Parties to establish an international mechanism on loss and damage in Warsaw.


We the undersigned, 121 organisations, call on governments to establish an International Mechanism on Loss and Damage at COP19, Warsaw Climate Conference.

Organisation Organisation
1. CARE International 2. Centro de Planificación y Estudio Social (CEPLAES)-Ecuador
3. WWF International 4. Movimiento Salvadoreños por la Defensa de la Vida (MOSDEVI)
5. ActionAid International 6.

Alternativa Salvadoreña de Cooperativas


7. Climate Action Network South Asia 8.

Confederación Salvadoreña de Cooperativas


9. International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) 10. Confederación Nacional de Cooperativas Agropecuarias (CONFENACOA)
11. Climate Justice Programme 12. Organismo de Asesoría Integral (OASI)
13. Janathakshan – Sri Lanka

14. Federación de Cooperativas de Nicaragua


15. Zambia Youth Climate Change Forum (ZYCCF) 16. Mesa nacional de incidencia para la gestion del riesgo  El Paraiso ,HONDURAS
17. Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) 18. Christian Aid
19. Polish Climate Coalition 20. Grupo de Asesoría en Agricultura Sostenibe (GAAS)
21. PAIRVI, India 22. Mesa Nacional de Cambio Climático, Guatemala
23. North South University, Dhaka 24. Asociación Ecológica de San Marcos de Ocotepeque (AESMO).
25. Earth in Brackets 26. Fundación de Iniciativas de Cambio Climático de Honduras
27. Friends of the Earth U.S. 28. UN OCHA ROCCA, Armenia
29. Global Network for Disaster Reduction 30. SIT Study Abroad   Nicaragua
31. Climate Change Network Nigeria 32. SAFCEI/WHF
33. Center for International Environmental Law


35.  Asociación Salvadoreña de Ayuda Humanitaria.

36. Cayman Institute 37. EcoEquity
38. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) 39. Edmund Rice Centre for Justice & Community Education

41.  Pacific Calling Partnership

42.  Edmund Rice Centre

43. SDO 44. Mercy Corps Indonesia – Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) Program
45. Amigos del Viento Uruguay-América del Sur 46. Foro ACT Honduras
47. Center for Disaster Preparedness 48. CASM- Honduras
49. Federal Ministry of Health – Sudan 50. Centro de Desarrollo Humano. CDH-Honduras
51. Action for sustainable change (AFOSC-Kenya) 52. Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Tanzania
53. Environmental Planning and Management Consulting Company, Nepal 54. ONG Carbone Guinée

55. African Federation of Environmental Journalists

(AFEJ) and the Somali Media for Environment,

Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA)

57. Environmental Advocacy Center of Panama (CIAM) 58. Project Gaia, Inc.
59. Centre National de Coopération au Développement (CNCD-11.11.11) 60. blueEnergy
61. Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre (BDPC) 62. Centro Humboldt
Organisation Organisation
63. SEEDS 64. All India Women’s Conference
65. Centro Humboldt (Nicaragua) 66. Oxfam International
67. Centro para la autonomía y desarrollo de los pueblos indígenas (CADPI) – Nicaragua 68. Equity BD
69. BEA International 70. FENACOOP
71. APED 72. FLACSO Argentina
73. Huairou Commission 74. Carl J. Presman & Associated
75. Women in Europe for a Common Future 76. Practical Action
77. Stand Up For Your Rights 78. Alianza para un Mundo Verde
79. Stichting CXI Adaptation Group 80. CAFOD
81. Global Gender and Climate Alliance 82. Facilitadora AHCC
83. WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) 84. International National Trusts Organisation
85. Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) 86. FU-Berlin
87. German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation 88. Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sostenible
89. The Gaia Foundation 90. IBON International
91. SONIA 92. Campaña Justicia Climática, El Salvador
93. EFICOR 94. Miriam P.E.A.C.E
95. 11.11.11 96. Mesa Nacional de Cambio Climàtico
97. RESO-Femmes internantional 98. Project 90 by 2030 (South Africa)
99. Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) 100.    Russian Socio-Ecological Union
101.    CORDAID, The Netherlands 102.    ENDA Energy-Environment-Development
103.     PRRM Philippines

104.    Royal Society for Protection of Nature,


105.               Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development 106.               Center for Participatory Research and Development
107. Philippine Movement for Climate Justice 108.    Islamic Relief Worldwide
109. Freedom from debt Coalition 110.               CAN Tanzania Climate Change Alert and Resilience
111. Our Rivers Our Life Philippines 112.    Alternative Futures, India
113. Sustainlabour 114.    Development Alternatives, India
115. Tearfund 116.               Friends of the Earth England, Wales & Northern Ireland
117. La Voz Lenca del COPINH 118.    Friends of the Earth, Europe
119. Association Lead Tchad 120.    Greenpeace International
121. Bolivian Platform on Climate change




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