Date: 7th October, Time: 11:30 to 1 pm (IST)
Climate change is no longer a distant phenomenon, it’s right here as we speak, impacting us in various forms and becoming more severe especially for vulnerable communities in the global south. The monstrous floods in Pakistan this summer led to inundation of about a third of the country. Massive Damage to food crops, livestock, loss of homes and loss of human lives all add up to making it a disaster of catastrophic proportions. The prolonged La Niña phenomenon enhanced due to global warming and excessive warming in the Arctic region potentially causing heat waves (in Pakistan + Northern India) and melting many of its 7,000 plus glaciers is clearly indicators that climate change is the main culprit to blame for this loss in Pakistan.
The rest of the South Asian region is no different (India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka) together that account for only 3.5 % of world land mass inhabitants roughly one fourth of global population making South Asia one of the most densely populated regions across the globe. In terms of vulnerability to climate change as per The German watch Global Climate Risk index 2021 Pakistan is ranked 8th in the list of Long-Term Climate Risk Index (CRI) ranking of extreme weather events b/w 2000-2019. The same report ranks India 7th in the list of 10 most affected countries in 2019 due to climate change. On a scale of 1 to 100, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bangladesh together with sub-Saharan Africa takes the spot of most vulnerable region in the world to climate change.
South Asian region inhabitants second-highest number 33.4% and proportion of the world’s poor; 649 million people in South Asia were moderately or severely food insecure and 271 million were severely food insecure , 36 percent of the children are stunted and nearly 16% were acutely malnourished; the challenge that we face today is of providing access to basic services like, water, food and shelter versus building climate resilience/coping capacity for poorest of poor, for them to face climate extremes; which have now clearly crossed the limits of response that mitigation and adaptive actions can provide. The devastation caused by climate change today upon the poorest and most vulnerable that cannot be reversed and therefore has to be compensated in a just, fair and transparent manner; clearly building a case for climate reparations and loss and damage finance.
“The Historic injustices have to be heard and there must be some level of climate equation so that the brunt of the irresponsible carbon consumption is not being laid on nations near the equator which are obviously unable to create resilient infrastructure on their own”
|S. NO||Speaker||Theme||Duration (minutes)|
|1.||Dr. Abid Suleri|
Executive Director, SDPI, Pakistan
|Overview on the impacts and present situation due to flood in Pakistan||10 min|
|2.||Zainab Naeem, Research Associate,|
|Loss and damage relating with present scenario and demand the need for Loss and damage Finance facility||15 min|
|3.||Dr. Manu Gupta, Founder, SEEDS, India||Knowledge sharing resilience building||10-15 min|
|4.||Md Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive, Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD), Bangladesh||10 min|
|5||Aisha Khan, Executive Director, Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC), Pakistan||What can be the positions that South Asia want to take with regard to L & D Finance facility||10 min|
|6.||Open for Discussion||15 min|
|7.||Sanjay Vashist, Director, Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA)||Key Takeaways towards South Asian CSO Working group on UNFCCC Negotiations (Loss and Damage)||10|
Moderated by: Dr Hina Aslam, Research Fellow, SDPI, Pakistan
A joint media brief by CANSA as an outcome after this webinar to call CSOs in South Asia to support Loss Damage Finance facility out of COP 27.
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When: Oct 7, 2022 11:30 PM Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi
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