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

YEL wins European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2016

Young European Leadership’s project, the Young European Council, won the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2016 as the third best project in the European Union to promote European integration and to “foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community”. The Prize … Continue reading YEL wins European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2016