Department of Earth Sciences

UU delegation at climate conference COP23 in Bonn

2017-11-06

This year, the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) will be held in Bonn, Germany, and hosted by the government of Fiji. CSD and CEMUS at the Department of Earth Sciences send a delegation consisting of 17 participants from 7 countries, and representing students as well as professors. 

Starting on November 6th and for two weeks, the event will gather governments and vast parts of civil society to discuss the next steps after the 2015 Paris Agreement. Uppsala University has status as observer organization and will be sending a delegation of students and researchers to the conference.

This year’s COP is of particular interest as it comes at a time when the science on climate change has communicated some dire warnings on the lack of progress made to reduce our global emissions. Last week, a report  published by the UN’s  World Meteorological organization reported an increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to levels not seen in three millions years. at that time, the oceans stood at 20 meters above current levels. At the same time, the emissions gap between pledged national contribution in Paris and the necessary reductions for a 2 degrees Celsius world is still rather wide.

Read more at: http://www.web.cemus.se/uucop23/

Uppsala University has been sending delegations of students and researchers 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.


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