COP25 Blog

UMN COP25 Delegation

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.

Paris Agreement

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?

Last year, the University sent 12 people to observe the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24). The University’s COP24 delegation shared many stories and pictures about their experience.

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