COP23 Delegation in Bonn, Germany

The 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (“COP23”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently underway in Bonn, Germany. We are very excited to have selected a delegation from the University of Waterloo to participate in this incredible experience and contribute to the global climate change dialogue.

This year the university is sending two groups of students over the two-week conference. Natalie Heldsinger, with the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) is leading the first group of students, which includes Kristin Koetsier (Master of Climate Change), Siya Agarwal (School of Planning), Sandra Biskupovic (School of Environment, Enterprise and Development), Tia Driver (Masters of Sustainability Management), and Sanchi Sharma (School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability). Dr. Richard Kelly, associate professor and chair of the Geography and Environmental Management program, is leading the second group of students, which includes Benjamin Andrade (PhD in Civil Engineering), Vanessa Corkal (Master of Climate Change), Samantha Gray (Master of Climate Change), Khaled Ibrahim (PhD in Mechanical Engineering), Steven Jia (Systems Design Engineering), Ena Ristic (Master of Climate Change).

The purpose of the trip to COP23 is to participate in conference events, gain experiential learning, network with other delegates, and communicate about the experience to the campus community back at home.

Group photo in Bonn

(L-R) Kristin Koetsier, Tia Driver, Siya Agarwal, Natalie Heldsinger (IC3, UWaterloo), Sandra Biskupovic, and Sanchi Sharma in Bonn, Germany.

The students are sharing their experiences with daily Instagram posts (@cop23uwaterloo) and through various personal social media channels.

Read the student blogs to learn more about the COP23 experience.

This video was produced by Steven Jia (Systems Design Engineering).