Can Marrakech COP22 solve the unfinished tasks of Paris COP21?

By Yanzhu Zhang [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] In December 2015, the 21st conference of the parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had made a decisive turning point in the world’s endeavour to avert dangerous changes in our climate. 195 nations pledged to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The COP21 in Paris was a historic

November 17th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|

Day 5: Energy Day

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 5 (Week 1), Friday Nov. 11, 2016 by Romy Abou Farhat [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] Day 5 at the COP was focused around energy, in particular issues of energy access, energy storage, and renewable energy. Almost every country or region present at the COP held an event around these topics, to

November 13th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

Day 4: Powering Forward with Empty Chairs?

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 4 (Week 1), Thursday Nov. 10, 2016 by Shrina Kurani [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] This morning the general sense was that the first week of COP22 is slowly winding down, but it turned out the ‘Young and Future Generation’s Day’ was just charging up. The young seems to have rebounded first

November 11th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

The highest stakes of the presidential election — What a President Trump means for climate change

By Alexander Pfeiffer [1] and Elizabeth Dirth [2] When I went to bed yesterday I had the strange feeling that this would happen. The same strange feeling I had the night before the Brexit but back then I dismissed this feeling as irrational. I watched the beginning of the election together with many COP22 participants from around the world in Marrakech’s Royal Mirage Deluxe Hotel. It was a strange

November 11th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|

Day 3: The COP after Trump

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 3 (Week 1), Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016 by Romy Abou Farhat [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] The third day at the COP was somewhat uniquely interesting, for the YEL delegation, the COP participants, and basically for everyone who is active in the fight against climate change. Waking up to “Trump, the new

November 11th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

The COP process (I): Acronyms, Actions, and Agreements

by Elizabeth Dirth [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] The concept of the Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change was born shortly after the establishment of the UNFCCC in 1992 as governance mechanism for the convention. Engagement with and participation in the UNFCCC and the COPs has grown over time to the point where today all countries that are parties to the UNFCCC participate in the process. This

November 11th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|

Day 2: Opening statements and framing the dialogue in national circumstances

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 2 (Week 1), Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016 by Elizabeth Dirth [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] The second day of the COP involved a bit of settling in, getting our bearings, finding our way around and starting to understand the schedule and the way that this COP is working. The main session that

November 10th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

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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