The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) will be held in Marrakesh in Morocco from 7 November to 18 November 2016. Uppsala University has status as observer organization and will be sending a delegation to the conference.
In the words of students in the UU COP22 delegation:
– We are attending COP22 to better understand the inner workings of international climate negotiations on matters of global importance. By analysing the multi-faceted complexities of international relations, we will be better placed to influence the future world at different levels as we all strive for a state of sustainability. We also want to communicate our experiences and report back to the broader Uppsala community, offering a perspective that the regular media might not cover and to impress the need for action on climate change. Finally there will be a number of other youth representatives and civil society networks convening in Marrakech who we hope to connect with to create opportunities for future collaborations.
Uppsala University has been sending student-delegations to the climate change negotations since 2015, when Doreen Stabinsky, the first Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership, initiated a call for students to apply to join the official delegation of Uppsala University to COP21 in Paris. The students attending the first meetings have now created a student-organisation, Uppsala University Climate Change Platform.
The students are currently in full swing preparing for COP22, and are looking for support. A group of students have also choosen to make their way to Morocco by land, rather then flying, to limit their carbon emissions. Check out their blog here: The Minivan Diaries.
If you are interested to learn more, or supporting the student-delegation in any way visit their website.
To see reports from earlier climate negotiations, including videos, interviews, articles and more, visit: