The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a global partnership that aims to provide an intergovernmental platform to address the effects of climate change. A total of 194 countries are signatory members of the UNFCCC and these member states come together annually at the Conference of Parties (COP) to assess the levels of progress in mitigating these effects.
In 2015, Global Voices attended the historic COP21 that produced the Paris Agreement: the first universally binding global climate deal. This year’s COP25 will build on this momentum, focusing on monitoring the progress of the commitments made by signatory countries. COP provides one of the most 'up-close' and practical diplomatic opportunities for Global Voices delegates.
At COP25, our Global Voices Scholars will have the opportunity to personalise their own daily itinerary and attend meetings and side-events on topics that they are passionate about and that complement their subject matter interests.
Because of our substantial reputation in this space, Global Voices is able to secure high-level meetings throughout the COP delegation and our Scholars get the unique opportunity to hear from members of the official Australian delegation to learn more about their priorities for the meetings.
Previous Global Voices COP delegation meetings have included:
Mary Robinson, Chair of Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, former President of Ireland, former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights.
Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and former New Zealand Prime Minister.
John Connor, former CEO of The Climate Institute.
Janos Pasztor, Senior Adviser on Climate Change to the United Nations Secretary-General, Senior Fellow and Director of the Carnegie Climate Geo-engineering Governance Project at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
Natalie Isaacs, CEO of 1 Million Women.