Saturday, November 17, 2012

What is a "COP"?

While this blog's title makes it clear that SES has a delegation going to COP 18, a little bit of background on what exactly the "COP" in COP18 is would probably be helpful.

COP is the Conference of the Parties. It is a meeting of "Parties" (i.e. countries) that have signed on to the UNFCCC, which is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The COP began in 1995 and has grown to 195 parties. There is an annual meeting to discuss the progress made over the past year as well as future developments on climate change, research, and policy.
On a personal note, I am very excited to go to COP18 in Qatar. The countdown is on and everything is falling into place. It will be an incredible experience all around- both in terms of education and culture.


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