Was the COP21 and the Paris agreement a success?

By Alexander Pfeiffer Not much time has passed, since Laurent Fabius brought down the green little gavel and announced that the Paris accord had been accepted by all 196 parties, and yet there are already more opinions about the conference and its outcome out there, than participants attended the very conference (roughly 50,000 over the two weeks). While the overwhelming majority of these opinions views the Paris agreement as

November 10th, 2016|COP 21|

Day1: Big challenges are waiting – Welcome to Marrakech

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 1 (Week 1), Monday Nov. 7, 2016 by Alexander Pfeiffer [1] and Elizabeth Dirth [2] The COP 22 kicked off today in Marrakech and I flew in from Amsterdam on a red-eye flight, leaving at 6 am. Despite my early arrival I didn’t get to see much of the actual events that

November 9th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

Youth at the Heart of the UN Negotiations

By Elizabeth Dirth and Alexander Pfeiffer It’s a pretty existential question to ask two weeks before we fly from Amsterdam and Oxford to Marrakech in Morocco (emitting much CO2) to attend this year’s Conference of the Parties (COP) as civil society observers. Individually, we have no real influence. We have no official voice. We are not decision-makers at the UN level or executives in large companies. We cannot make agreements

November 7th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|
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