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Professor Saleemul Huq sadly passed away in October 2023 but his legacy lives on. His work linking Loss & Damage with litigation was ground-breaking, with the potential to change the lives of millions, now and in the future. We were honoured and humbled when this climate justice pioneer joined our network and we know that his work will be championed by all those who worked around him for years to come.
Prof. Saleemul Huq was the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), Associate of the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED) in the United Kingdom, Chair of the Expert Advisory Group for the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Senior Adviser on Locally Led Adaptation with Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) headquartered in the Netherlands.
He was an expert in adaptation to climate change in the most vulnerable developing countries and was a lead author of the third , fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He also advised the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
He published hundreds of scientific as well as popular articles and was recognised as one of the top twenty global influencers on climate change policy in 2019 and a top scientist from Bangladesh on climate change science.