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.

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