A human rights and ethical perspective on Noneconomic Loss and Damage (NELD) in the context of climate change

The World Council of Churches (WCC), as a member of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment, and Human Rights, is co-organising a side event at the 56th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Focusing on the intersection of human rights and noneconomic loss and damage in the context of climate change, the event will take place on 1 July from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Room XXV, Palais des Nations.

Loss and damage words in a panel

"The intersection of human rights and climate-related loss and damage underscores the urgent need to address the disproportionate impacts on marginalized populations," said Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, WCC programme director for Public Witness and Diakonia. "This event seeks to unite diverse voices to discuss how we can better protect human rights in the face of climate-induced noneconomic losses. As faith communities, we have a moral obligation to advocate for justice and support those most vulnerable to climate change's devastating effects."

The discussions will emphasize how noneconomic losses—such as loss of life, health, cultural heritage, and biodiversity—pose serious threats to human wellbeing and societal stability.

"Addressing noneconomic loss and damage from a human rights perspective is crucial in ensuring that the voices of affected communities are heard and their needs addressed," stated Athena Peralta, director of the WCC Commission on Climate Justice and Sustainable Development. "We aim to foster a deeper understanding and collaborative action among different sectors."

The Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment, and Human Rights includes the ACT Alliance, Anglican Communion, Brahma Kumaris, Dominicans for Justice and Peace, Franciscans International, Lutheran World Federation, Soka Gakkai International, and the World Council of Churches.


  • Ms. Elisa Morgera, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change
  • Ms. Elena Cedilo, Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights (GIF)  / Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
  • Ms. Mary May, Lutheran Church of Myanmar
  • Ms. Laingane Italeli Talia, Attorney General, Government of Tuvalu (tbc) / Permanent Mission of Vanuatu (tbc)
  • A representative of the Government of Madagascar (tbc)

    Moderator: Ms. Sabine Meninger, Bread for the World

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