The Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) is due to present its five-year workplan at the upcoming COP23. Below are the most important elements to enshrine in the five-year workplan, and the elements that should be prioritised in its execution, in CAN’s perspective. This builds on CAN’s previous submission as well as the content and structure of the discussions at the 5th Session of the ExCom held in March 2017.
The first thing that is clear is that the WIM requires more resources. Much work needs to be done to support the most vulnerable on the frontline of climate impacts - and a voluntary body meeting two to three times a year, with modest support from the UNFCCC Secretariat, whose budget is entirely within the ‘supplementary’ UNFCCC budget is not up to the challenge. Nor is it in keeping with the importance given to loss and damage in Article 8 of the Paris Agreement. Parties must recognise this and move to make the WIM fully operational at the upcoming Pacific COP (COP23), including by committing significantly more budget funds - putting it on the same level as other elements of the Paris Agreement. The WIM ExCom must make this recommendation in their report to the COP and developed countries must step up with more finance for the WIM budget.
The second thing that jumps out is that since the WIM was established in November 2013, miniscule progress has been made on providing finance for loss and damage. Climate risk insurance has seen the most attention, but it applies to only a limited aspect of loss and damage, with other areas of financial needs, such as addressing permanent and irreversible loss and damage, being neglected. This gap must be addressed urgently. The ExCom must design their workplan to dedicate as much effort to the area of finance (enhancing action and support) as to the other areas combined.
In this position, CAN list down suggestions for specific activities that should be included in the 5-Year Workplan.