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Think Change episode 15: the climate and conflict double challenge – has COP27 delivered?

Written by Sara Pantuliano, Abdirahman Abdishakur, Robert Mardini, Rebecca Nadin


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COP27 ended with the launch of a new ‘loss and damage’ fund, which will provide financial assistance to poor nations stricken by climate disaster. But this money is unlikely to reach fragile communities in areas affected by conflict. These communities are also the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and the least ready to adapt.

So the more unstable a state, the less climate finance it receives. And that’s despite the fact that ‘Least Developed Countries’ – many of which are conflict-affected states – were prioritised in the Paris Agreement for support.

In this episode – the final in our three-part COP27 series – we hear about the unique challenges facing conflict-affected communities when it comes to climate adaptation. What can be done to support them and ensure COP27 commitments are delivered?


  • Sara Pantuliano (host), Chief Executive, ODI
  • His Excellency Abdirahman Abdishakur, Special Envoy for Humanitarian & Drought Response in Somalia
  • Robert Mardini, Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);
  • Rebecca Nadin, Director of the Global Risks and Resilience programme, ODI

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