European Capacity Building Initiative

Presentation on International Climate Solidarity Alliance at the Ministry of Finance, Antigua and Barbuda

On Tuesday, 24 October 2023, ecbi Director Professor Benito Müller, in his capacity as a Strategic Partner to the Alliance of Small Island States, gave a presentation on Climate Solidarity Levies and a proposal for a Climate Solidarity Alliance. After a brief overview of what has been happening in the multilateral negotiations with regard to Loss and Damage finance, he presented a brief history of solidarity levies, starting with the French air-ticket levy for UNITAID. He proceeded to discuss options for operationalising potential solidarity levies for loss and damage as a result of climate change, stressing that Antigua and Barbuda, as a small island state, is one of the most vulnerable countries to “loss and damage” – i.e., unavoided adverse climate impacts such as increased extreme events (for example, Hurricane Tammy, which made landfall on Barbuda on 21 October) or sea-level rise. He explained that Antigua and Barbuda could play a key role in launching an International Climate Solidarity Alliance of countries willing to implement climate solidarity levies (such as air-ticket levies) as innovative source of finance for loss and damage both at home and through the multilateral Loss and Damage Fund established a year ago at the UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheik.

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