FES in the COP16

Climate Change is again attracting public attention as the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change is getting closer. F&ES students from the International Conferences and Organizations, Environmental Diplomacy Practicum, and Environmental Protection Clinic classes will participate in the COP16 from November 27th to December 11th, 2010 to be held in Cancun, Mexico, with the objective of acquiring experience in the international climate change negotiation process.

During the semester the classes hosted guest speakers to share the last updates in climate science and in the international climate negotiations, such as Gary Yohe, IPCC leading author, Lumumba Di-Aping, former spoke person for the G-77 plus China the last year, and Crispine Gregoire, permanent representative from Dominica to the UN. There was also a mock negotiation to resemble the actual negotiation process in which student impersonate country negotiators from the whole world to discuss the text that will be discussed during the COP16. As part of the learning process, also during the semester, students worked closely with some country delegations or to civil society organizations, supporting them in the preparation of the meeting, and will continue this collaboration trough the conference.

This learning experience will allow students not only know and participate in the international negotiation processes, but also it’s a great opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to future colleagues and potential employers.