Recently returned from Egypt, Dr. Zahid Butt, shares his experience attending COP27 for the first time and how observing the conference aided his understanding of the complexity and collaboration required to address climate change.
PhD candidate Isra Saeed and master’s student Alexandra Ho share their experiences as part of Waterloo’s delegation at the United Nations climate change conference, COP27.
Isra Saeed, Waterloo COP27 delegate, has returned from Egypt and shares what it means to uphold climate justice, how the conference did/did not deliver the commitments needed, and reflects on what continues to bring her hope.
Waterloo COP27 delegate, Alexandra Ho, has returned from Egypt and provides insight into the shifting conversation dynamics, trending topics and priorities that she witnessed at this year’s climate change negotiations. She shares her reflection and key takeaways, and reminds us of the humanity and connection centered in the work of pursuing a net-zero future.
As the negotiations have wrapped up, we look back on three significant contributions by Waterloo Climate Institute members at COP27 including accelerating climate resilient tourism, advancing insights in climate law and governance, and launching evidence for action on peatland conservation, restoration, and management.
From November 6-18, the world will come together in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, for the international climate change negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annual Conference of the Parties (COP). Before the University’s COP27 delegation departs, the Waterloo Climate Institute held an in-person discussion with them to reflect on the crucial issues that need to be tackled, Canada’s role in the negotiations, and what outcomes they hope to witness and achieve.
The University of Waterloo, through the Waterloo Climate Institute, is an official observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and participates in the annual Conference of the Parties (COP). This year, COP27 will take place in Egypt from November 6 to 18, 2022, and Waterloo will send a delegation of four outstanding candidates: Sarah Burch, Zahid Butt, Isra Saeed and Alexandra Ho.
From October 31 to November 12, the world will gather in Glasgow for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to discuss and negotiate more ambitious action to meet the Paris Agreement commitments. On behalf of the University of Waterloo community, the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) will lead a virtual delegation to COP26 to engage with governments and non-government observers from around the world. Graduate student delegate applications are now open.
Unpacking the international governance framework of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Moderated by Waterloo Professor Ian Rowlands, the discussion explored how COP fits into the global climate change governance system, and featured guest speakers who shared their own COP experiences.