by Alexander Pfeiffer Today was Education Day at the COP. Just like Gender, Farmer’s, and African Day, the theme day today was heavily structured around its leitmotif with side events, high level panels, and actions. It kicked-off in the morning with a high-level event with UNFCCC Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla … Continue reading COP 23 Day 11: Transformation by Education – Education day at the climate conference
“We’re only as healthy as our planet.” Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, spoke those words at a COP23 side event on the connection between health and climate change. Climate change is a complex issue, with fingers impacting everything from agriculture to political conflicts. When it comes to health, climate change is greatly impacting something important … Continue reading COP 23 Day 10: A Healthy Planet for Healthy People
by Alexander Pfeiffer Many days at the COP have a theme. Depending on the theme, several side events take place on that day, discussing topics concerning that subject. There are, for instance, Africa Day, Education Day, Farmer’s Day, and our theme for today, Gender Day. But what does gender have to do with climate change and why is Gender … Continue reading COP 23 Day 9: Gender and Climate Change: what is that all about?
By Casey Catherine Miller At the start of the second week of COP23, negotiations are starting to ramp up and the urgency of the fast approaching end of the conference is setting in. Following the various negotiations, side events and more can get complicated and leave anyone that doesn’t consider themselves an expert in climate … Continue reading COP 23 Day 8: Acronyms, Agendas and More: Resources to Help You Navigate COP Negotiations
High level events are taking place on a regular basis, the crowds are getting bigger, and sightings of Al Gore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and various government officials have increased, which can only mean one thing — the second week of COP23 has begun. As we look ahead to the final week of the conference, let’s look back to see what … Continue reading COP 23 Week 1 Recap: Where Have We Been, and Where Are We Going?
by Casey Catherine Miller With Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement earlier this year, all eyes have been on the role of the United States at COP 23, and the impact Trump’s decision will have on negotiation progress. There are two distinct faces to American representation at the conference this year. One is … Continue reading COP 23 Day 6: ‘We Are Still In’ – Two American Faces at COP 23
By Katja Garson Friday at COP23 focused on food, land and water. It was a day for the discussion of the need to protect territories, habitats, and food systems which rely on an environmentally, and politically, secure world. It was also made clear that this secure world is disappearing, or perhaps already changed forever. At the bi-weekly Demand Climate … Continue reading COP 23 Day 5: Food, Land, Water, and Reality.
By Sian Evans and Casey Catherine Miller Today it’s Youth and Futures Day at COP 23, and my first full day at the conference – a fitting time to get stuck-in as a YEL delegate. As a newcomer to the COP process, it’s encouraging to see the level of youth engagement here. Representation of youth at COPs … Continue reading COP 23 Day 4: Youth and Future Generations Day – An Analyis of Youth Involvement at COP23
By Casey Catherine Miller Following yesterday’s announcement of Syria’s intent to ratify the Paris Agreement, another historic moment took place today at COP23. For the first time in COP history, party and non-party stakeholders were invited to a Presidency’s Open Dialogue to go over issues of NDC implementation and non-party stakeholder involvement in the COP process. … Continue reading COP 23 Day 3: Good Actors and Bad Actors: Not all Non-Party Stakeholders are Created Equal
Day 2 at COP23, and things have been just as busy as expected. After the excitement around yesterday’s opening events, Tuesday got off to a confident start. This delegate has been rushing from event to event, following personal passions whilst trying to keep a handle on advancements within the negotiations. The U.S. Peoples’ Delegation, a delegation comprised of individuals … Continue reading COP 23 Day 2: A Day for Civil Society, from U.S. Peoples’ Delegation to Indigenous Groups