Loss and Damage Finance for Children

Recommendations and best practices for supporting climate-affected communities, including children and their families on the front lines of the climate crisis

A boy in water up to his ankles after a tropical storm in Madagascar


Climate-related loss and damage – such as the loss of land, life, livelihoods or cultural heritage – is one of the greatest intergenerational injustices that children face today. It threatens the rights of current and future generations of children

Despite being the least responsible for causing the climate crisis, the children of today and tomorrow will face its impacts, including loss and damage, more acutely than any other generation to date. 

Yet children and their rights are largely absent from policy discussions and climate finance allocations. Where children are considered, they are treated only as vulnerable victims rather than as active agents of change.

This report explores losses and damages that relate directly to children’s rights and well-being:

  • It identifies opportunities for the United Nation's Loss and Damage Fund, together with other loss and damage financing, to address the negative impacts of loss and damage on present and future generations of children. 
  • It emphasizes that efforts to respond to loss and damage should be guided by the principle of upholding the rights of children.


The report also features insights from workshops with children aged 11-18, sharing their lived experiences of loss and damage and their recommendations in their own words.

Cover of Loss and Damage Finances for Children report, featuring a young boy up to his ankles in water after a tropical storm in Madagascar
Lucy Szaboova and Cristina Colón
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