by Omar Malik | Bangkok, Thailand
When people talk about the atmosphere of the Conference of the Parties (COP) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), they often do so with a hint of fond disdain. The COP, one hears, is a hectic affair: a geopolitical battleground where country representatives duke it out over never-ending issues of verbiage and finances. And, what’s more, many participants go into it with the ready assumption that little will get done. But our fellow FESers, who have attended many of the COP meetings over the past few years, always come away having found the conferences valuable—not least because they provide insight into the nitty-gritty realities of the policymaking process.
The conference for the Convention on International Trade…
As 20 students of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, they will join over 50,000 delegates and more than 130 heads of state and government that will participate in what is already being deemed as the “largest U.N. conference” ever.
Historically, F&ES has a long tradition of participating in international environmental conferences as a way of bringing to life the challenge of developing institutions and treaties to deal with pressing environmental issues. Twenty years ago, the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992 was a landmark event in that sustainable development came to the fore of the political agenda.