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UWaterloo COP25 Delegation

University of Waterloo Delegation to the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations "COP25" (Santiago, Chile - Dec 2-13th 2019)

Do you have a strong interest in global climate governance?  Would you be able to further your research interests or career aspirations by interacting with delegates from across the world at COP25?  Are you keen to act in a leadership role to engage others on campus, in the community and on the international stage in discussions about climate change? 


Get involved in COP25:

There are a limited number of "accredited" spaces available on the UWaterloo delegation for graduate students who demonstrate a high level of interest and commitment towards international climate change action and generating benefit for their professional development through attending COP25 in person.Please note that in exceptional circumstances we may accept applications from undergraduate students*.

APPLICATIONS DUE:  Thursday, October 3rd at 1:00 p.m. EST

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Applicants must be a registered graduate student at the University of Waterloo
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program where the degree is granted from the University of Waterloo
  • Applicants must not have attended a previous COP using IC3 funding
  • Priority may be given to graduate students supervised by IC3 Members
  • *In exceptional circumstances we may accept applications from undergraduate students (undergraduate students must demonstrate existing international climate change connections or a track record of climate change research and/or work experience at an international scale)

In addition to these eligibility requirements, the ideal student delegate will be:

  • a confident self-starter who excels at networking and meeting new people in conference-like environments
  • comfortable travelling internationally with minimal direct support
  • based in Waterloo Region (in order to facilitate strong group coordination and meetings)

EXPECTATIONS OF DELEGATES:

  • Up to 2 hours/week of preparation to strategize on the delegation's activities, plan logistics, reach out to key stakeholders to plan for meetings in Chile, and lead communication efforts.
  • Do your own research to build knowledge of the UNFCCC process, Canadian policy positions, and international issues of interest to you.
  • Act as an informed and active ambassador of the University of Waterloo.
  • Write 2-3 communication pieces (blogs, etc) while in Chile, and complete a reflection blog within a week of returning to campus.

COSTS:

  • Total expenses are estimated at $2,500 for airfare, ground transportation, accommodation and food for a 1-week stay in Santiago (please note that this estimate could vary depending on choices made by each individual traveller)
  • IC3 will provide travel funding for selected graduate student delegates up to CAD$2,000 total, which must include the purchase of carbon offsets for the round-trip flight from Toronto to Santiago. Costs will be reimbursed to the student upon their return from Chile, in accordance with University of Waterloo Travel Expense Policies and Procedures.

  • Students will be required to cover costs beyond $2,000 from other sources.

TIMELINE:

  • APPLICATIONS DUE: Thursday, October 3rd at 1:00 p.m. EST
  • A shortlist of applicants may be contacted for an interview

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