Najam Offers Thoughts on COP27 Climate Loss and Damage Fund

As part of a Development Today article, Adil Najam, Dean Emeritus and Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, commented on the COP27 loss and damage fund for developing countries impacted by the effects of climate change.

The article, titled “The ‘hollow’ promise of loss and damage,” outlines the agreed-upon establishment of the fund at COP27 following calls for climate justice as well as how or if it will alter global climate negotiations. Important to remember, Najam notes, is that “the result of COP27, broadly welcomed by rich and poor countries, was a promise to establish a fund with no commitments to finance it.” While developing countries got the language they wanted promising funds to address climate-impacted countries, Najam calls the agreement “toothless” noting developing countries “hope that it can be filled in the future so that they can show they have achieved something. Industrialised countries can go back to their taxpayers and give assurances that they have made no commitments.”

The full article can be read on Development Today‘s website.

Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who served as the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Professor Najam on his faculty profile.