10.06.2013 | Bonn Dialogues: 13th Bonn Dialogues event "Climate change: non-economic loss and damage"

The panel discussion will focus on the following questions:

  • What is non‐economic loss and damage, and what are some of the challenges of recognizing losses that do not fit neatly into economic analysis?
  • Why are non‐economic losses relevant to discussions of climate change?
  • What is the current evidence for the social and cultural losses and damages related to climate change and what are the signals when such losses happen?
  • What impacts do societies experience?
  • What would it mean for countries to address non‐economic losses and damage associated with climate change – what kinds of experience have we had in the past with managing those kinds of losses to culture, language, identity, social values, etc.?
  • What steps might be taken to better incorporate non‐economic factors such as values, social norms and culture into thinking about managing the negative impacts of climate change?



Opening remarks:

Angelica Kappel,Mayor, Federal City of Bonn

Axel Rottländer, Chief Executive Officer, German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV)


Panel discussion with:

Gottfried von Gemmingen,Policy Advisor, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (tbc)

Dr. h.c. Bill Hare, CEO and Managing Director, Climate Analytics (confirmed)

Madeleen Helmer,Director Policy and Communication, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (confirmed)

Juan P. Hoffmaister, Universidad de la Cordillera, Bolivia; Member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Adaptation Committee; Advisor to the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (tbc)

Koko Warner, Head, Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation (EMSVA) section, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) (confirmed)

Moderator: Anke Rasper, Deutsche Welle

Q&A session/discussion with audience


Reception, hosted by the Federal City of Bonn


Participation is free of charge. For organizational purposes, please
register until  7June 2013: http://www.bonn-dialogues.org/article/read/registration.  



The Bonn Dialogues Series on Global Environmental Change is a forum for discussing substantive issues related to anthropogenic drivers and consequences, open to the general public. The series is held twice a year since 2007 and addresses topics such as climate, water, energy, migration and food. The events are jointly organized by the United Nations University (UNU) Bonn and the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) in partnership with the Federal City of Bonn. Furthermore, Bonn Dialogues is supported by Deutsche Welle, the European Union and the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Venue: Deutsche Welle, Gremiensaal, Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn

Date: Monday, 10 June 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.

For more information visit: www.bonn-dialogues.org