The University of Waterloo, through its Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3), is an official observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and participates in the annual Conference of the Parties (COP). Attending COP provides our top student leaders and researchers with immersive exposure to global climate change negotiations and world-leading research networks.
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2021 COP26 delegation
The 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Glasgow, U.K., from October 31 to November 12, 2021. IC3 sent a virtual delegation of staff and faculty as well as top graduate students Misha Patel, Nazia Tabassum and Sarah Norton. Attending COP26 provided each attendee with an immersive experience in global climate change negotiations and exposure to institutions and organizations from around the world.
Misha Patel, a Masters of Climate Change student at the University of Waterloo, wrote two reflection pieces about her time at COP26: The world is looking at you and Paris is when we committed - Glasgow is when we act.
Sarah Norton, a Ph.D. student in Global Governance studying Global Environment at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, wrote a series of reflections about her time at COP26: Will we see more action during Cop26?
Contributions to COP26
On November 5, 2021, the Climate Law & Governance Day 2021 global symposium was held during COP26 in Glasgow and attracted over 1,100 registrants from over 120 countries in-person and online. Here IC3 was proud to host an official side-event in the Blue Zone, Business in the Anthropocene: Accelerating sustainability transformations in small businesses, and multiple graduate students and alumni from Waterloo received recognition for their research work. Congratulations to Nesma Hassan, Sarah Norton, Cassandra Hayward, Claire Perttula, and Adwoa Appiah for your successes!
For more information about Climate Law & Governance Day 2021, read Tejas Rao's reflection of activities: At COP26, experts make a commitment to scale-up climate law and governance tenfold by 2024. Tejas is the Secretariat Coordinator, Climate Law & Governance Initiative 2021, and an Associate Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.