Inside the Climate Talks with Our UMN Delegation: Join Us!
Feb 5, 12-1pm, 215 Wilkins, Humphrey School, UMN
Come hear an insider’s perspective on the international climate talks from our University of Minnesota delegation of faculty, staff and graduate students who attended the 25th annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, from December 2 to 13, 2019. Learn how COP25 connected to their varied expertise and interests, and what successes and failures they observed.
A member of the Humphrey School faculty with a focus on climate policy, Gabe Chan, will kick off a panel discussion with short presentations from the following:
- Timothy Smith, Professor, Sustainable Systems Management & International Business, CFANS/CSOM and Fellow & Founding Director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, Institute on the Environment
- Kimberly Byrd, Ph.D., Teaching Specialist, Sustainability Studies, Institute on the Environment Educator
- Michelle Garvey, Ph.D., Teaching Specialist, Sustainability Studies, Institute on the Environment Educator
- Eileen J. Kirby, Research Professional, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN Water Resources Center
- Joshua Thompson, Master of Development Practice Candidate, Humphrey School
- Michele Girard, Master of Development Practice Candidate, Humphrey School and Acara Innovation Fellow, Institute on the Environment
- PhD Student in International Development, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The University’s COP25 delegation included representatives from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Institute on the Environment, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and the University Libraries. Delegation members’ research interests span climate change, environmental justice, corporate environmental management, sustainability education, leadership development, water resources, ecology and gender.
“Conference of the Parties’ (COP) is a negotiation between nations.
The UN climate change conference’s official name, the 25th Conferences of the Parties (COP25), reflects its functions as a venue for international negotiations about climate change between nation states, known as “parties” within the United Nations context. COP25 includes country by country progress tracking, as set in place by the Paris Agreement, which came out of a high-profile COP 21 session in 2015.
COP21, led to a historic global agreement to limit climate change emissions forged among 196 party countries. Known as the Paris Agreement, the document that resulted from COP21 holds countries accountable to each other to report on and strengthen over time their “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs) or climate commitments. The Paris Agreement set a target of under 2 degrees Celsius warming for the world and an aspiration of 1.5 degrees warming by the end of this century.
Twitter and UMN COP25
Several members of the UMN COP25 delegation covered their experience live on twitter at #MNCOP25.
Spread the word, all are welcome! Feel free to bring your lunch.
Interested in hearing about last year’s attendees’ experience?