“I will be attending COP21 as a delegate of the Republic of Palau, a small island nation in the western Pacific. Similarly to many other small island states, climate change poses an acute and imminent existential threat to Palau. I will be assisting Palau’s delegation by providing needed support at negotiations and working behind-the-scenes to bolster their capacity. I will also be engaging and gathering information around the Workstream 2 process, which seeks to identify opportunities to increase pre-2020 ambition in climate change mitigation. With the assistance of Islands First, a New-York based nongovernmental organization, I am preparing a Workstream 2 submission on carbon pricing design through Yale's Environmental Protection Clinic.
“My hope is that my role in these talks will help to amplify the needs of populations most vulnerable to climate change and most in need of swift and ambitious action. I also hope to broaden my knowledge of post-Paris carbon pricing options for achieving climate targets, especially in developing countries and those with limited administrative and monitoring capacity.”
“At COP21, I will be the youngest member representing the official delegation of the Republic of Macedonia. With fluency in five languages, including Macedonian, English, and French, I expect to play a key intermediary and interpretable role in supporting her country to reach an agreement on their emission targets, as well as secure the appropriate financial support for the national agenda.
“I am particularly looking forward to working to integrate the newly adopted SDGs into Macedonia’s agricultural sector.”