Energy Day: COP22 Daily Blog – Day 5 (Week 1)

by Romy Abou Farhat and Alexander Pfeiffer Day 5 at the COP was focused around energy, in particular issues of energy access, energy storage, and renewable energy. Almost every country or region present at the COP held an event around these topics, to demonstrate where they are in terms of technological capacities, innovation, and accessibility. … Continue reading Energy Day: COP22 Daily Blog – Day 5 (Week 1)

The Dwindling ‘Spirit of Paris’: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 6 (Week 1)

By Elizabeth Dirth and Alexander Pfeiffer The weekends at COP seem to be a combination of three things: a continuation of the COP itself, other side events and activities taking place, and this time, the palpable sense of lack of achievement. Main plenaries on Saturday featured a stock taking of the progress so far at … Continue reading The Dwindling ‘Spirit of Paris’: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 6 (Week 1)

Powering Forward with Empty Chairs: Daily Blog – Day 4 (Week 1)

by Shrina Kurani and Alexander Pfeiffer This morning the general sense was that the first week of COP22 is slowly winding down, but it turned out the ‘Young and Future Generations’ Day’ was just charging up. The young seem to have rebounded first after the travesty of the U.S. election, and this thematic day’s highlight … Continue reading Powering Forward with Empty Chairs: Daily Blog – Day 4 (Week 1)

The COP after Trump: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 3 (Week 1)

by Romy Abou Farhat and Alexander Pfeiffer The third day at the COP was uniquely interesting for the YEL delegation, the COP participants, and basically for everyone who is active in the fight against climate change. Waking up to “Trump, the new President-elect of the US” as a headline resurged a post-Brexit feeling in all … Continue reading The COP after Trump: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 3 (Week 1)

The highest stakes of the presidential election: what a President Trump means for climate change

By Alexander Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Dirth When I went to bed yesterday I had the strange feeling that this would happen. The same strange feeling I had the night before the Brexit but back then I dismissed this feeling as irrational. I watched the beginning of the election together with many COP22 participants from around … Continue reading The highest stakes of the presidential election: what a President Trump means for climate change

Dialogue through a National Lens: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 2 (Week 1)

by Elizabeth Dirth and Alexander Pfeiffer The second day of the COP involved a bit of settling in, getting our bearings, finding our way around and starting to understand the schedule and the way that this COP is working. The main session that we attended yesterday was the open plenary in the afternoon. This plenary … Continue reading Dialogue through a National Lens: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 2 (Week 1)

The COP process (I): Acronyms, Actions, and Agreements

by Elizabeth Dirth and Alexander Pfeiffer The concept of the Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change was born shortly after the establishment of the UNFCCC in 1992 as governance mechanism for the convention. Engagement with and participation in the UNFCCC and the COPs has grown over time to the point where today all … Continue reading The COP process (I): Acronyms, Actions, and Agreements

Challenges ahead at Marrakech: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 1 (Week 1)

by Alexander Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Dirth The COP 22 kicked off today in Marrakech and I flew in from Amsterdam on a red-eye flight, leaving at 6 am. Despite my early arrival I didn’t get to see much of the actual events that happened during the first-day of the COP. Immigration, transit from the airport, … Continue reading Challenges ahead at Marrakech: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 1 (Week 1)

Youth at the Heart of the UN Negotiations

By Elizabeth Dirth and Alexander Pfeiffer It is a pretty existential question to ask two weeks before we fly from Amsterdam and Oxford to Marrakech in Morocco (emitting much CO2) to attend this year’s Conference of the Parties (COP) as civil society observers. Individually, we have no real influence. We have no official voice. We … Continue reading Youth at the Heart of the UN Negotiations

YEC 2016 granted SK PRES Patronage

Posted by Young European Leadership on Thursday, November 3, 2016 YEL is proud to announce that the Young European Council 2016 (YEC) will be held under the Auspices of the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the European Union and the High Patronage of the European Parliament. The YEC 2016 takes place from November 7-11. You … Continue reading YEC 2016 granted SK PRES Patronage