For Africa, ‘Loss and Damage’ Funding Is a Step Toward Climate Justice

A protestor in support of a "loss and damage" fund for the effects of climate change on the Global South, including Africa
A demonstrator holds a sign that reads “Pay up, Clean up, Shut up” during a protest at the COP27 U.N. Climate Change Conference, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Nov. 12, 2022 (AP photo by Peter Dejong).

The U.N. COP27 Climate Change Summit concluded Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, with a breakthrough in negotiations to set up a “loss and damage” fund. For countries in Africa, the agreement to allocate loss-and-damage financing is hopefully the first of many necessary steps toward a fairer climate transition.

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