The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a global mechanism that aims to provide an intergovernmental platform to mitigate the effects of climate change. 194 countries are signatory members and these member states come together annually at the Conference of Parties (COP) to assess the levels of progress in mitigating these effects.

THE GLOBAL VOICES 2016 COP22 delegation TO marrakech

THE GLOBAL VOICES 2016 COP22 delegation TO marrakech

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 and focus 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.

Highlight meetings from our previous COP delegations:


  • Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and former New Zealand Prime Minister.

  • John Connor, former CEO of The Climate Institute.

  • Howard Bamsey, Executive Director of Green Climate Fund, former Special Envoy on Climate Change to Australia and honorary professor at Australian National University.

  • 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.

  • Professor Robyn Eckersley, Professor in Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics, Global Voices Academic Advisor.

  • Natalie Isaacs, CEO of 1 Million Women.

  • Mary Robinson, Chair of Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, former President of Ireland, former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights.

  • Martijn Wilder, head of Baker McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets and Climate Change practice.

In 2019, Global Voices has partnered with Central Queensland University, UNSW Co-op Program, University of Newcastle i-LEAD Program, and the University of Melbourne Office for Environmental Programs. If you are a student at one of our partner institutions, click on your logo below for more information and to apply from the 5th July - 4th August.