The fourth stakeholder consultation workshop on loss and damage was held on February 10th, 2013 at the Spectra Convention Center in Dhaka. The purpose of the workshop was to promote South-South collaboration on approaches to address loss and damage. Ms Sarah Cooke, Country Representative, DFID, HE Mr Robert W Gibson, the British High Commissioner, and Mr Aparup Chowdhury, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Bangladesh opened the workshop as guests of honour. Dr Saleemul Huq, Executive Director, ICCCAD facilitated the workshop. The workshop featured five presentations on a range of issues related to loss and damage in the context of climate change in two main sessions followed by facilitated discussion. The workshop was attended by representatives of government, NGOs, academia, and research institutions. The ultimate aim of this work shop was to promote South-South cooperation as well as to create a platform for sharing strategies for addressing loss and damage in developing countries.
The first technical session concentrated on the negotiation process, providing an overview of the Doha Gateway the decision arising from the 18th Conference of the Parties, held in Doha, Qatar in December 2012. In Doha countries decided to establish “institutional arrangements, such as an international mechanism” to address loss and damage under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Throughout 2013, global discussions and negotiations will focus on what institutional arrangements can adequately address loss and damage, particularly in developing countries. At the same time, policymakers and stakeholders in Bangladesh will also determine what national institutional arrangements will best address loss and damage and how the national can link to the international. With its focus on South-South cooperation, the workshop was part of the global discussion of how loss and damage can be addressed at both the national and global level.