COP23: Displacement, human mobility and climate change

By: Judith Schepers Organised by Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST Trust), OXFAM International (OI) Following the Paris agreements a taskforce is working on global recommendations on migration. People from low-income countries are more likely to be forced to move away, with small island developing states being most effected. 25.3 […]

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COP23: Eat what’s worth saving

By: Katharina Funk “Biodiversity is a global public good.”– Marie Haga On the morning of the 9th of November there were strange plastic bags pinned on the wall of the Nordic Pavilion. They contained oranges, peanuts, bananas and, yes, chocolate. The bags represented nine time capsules, containing endangered food that will disappear in the foreseeable […]

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COP23: Historic first presidency’s open dialogue

By: Steve Kwatcho Kengdo “It’s the first Presidency Open Dialogue at the COP. It’s not a side event…today, we will not negotiate, we will talk to each other and we will listen to each other…. there would be good experiences to share. It’s about contributing to solutions.” – COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama Today, COP23 […]

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COP23: “Science is not negotiable”

By: Claudia Steinacker After yesterday’s touching opening ceremony, which was enriched by performances by children and indigenous Fijian people as well as motivating speeches, the second day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2017 continued with the central agenda: preparing the implementation of the Paris Agreement. First, some good news: observers are generally welcome […]

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COP23: Ready to play a game of Jenga?

By: Katharina Funk After weeks of planning, organising and waiting, the COP23 has finally begun! 19 GCE students have made their way from Bayreuth to Bonn for the first week of the climate conference and another 19 will come for the second week. They will participate in side events, negotiations, and – most importantly – […]

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COP23: “Nothing about us, without us” – Guaranteeing rights & gender equality

By: Farina Hoffmann Organised by CARE International (Sven Harmeling), Center for International Environmental Law – CIEL (Sebastian Duyck), Women’s Environment and Development Organization – WEDO (Bridget Burns) The Guaranteeing Rights & Gender Equality side event, organized by CARE International, invited a panel of four speakers to debate about human rights as well as gender implications […]

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COP23: “Save the world”

By: Barbara Zennaro In 1992, during the Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro, a 12 year old girl gave a speech “for all the generation to come,” telling the present leaders: “ We are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in … Are we even on your […]

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Global Change Ecology Students at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn

By: Katharina Funk What once seemed unthinkable is now unstoppable. – Ban Kin Moon, former UN general secretary The groundbreaking 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France (21st meeting of the conferences of the parties, COP21) was an important step towards fighting climate change globally. 197 states committed to keeping the warming of […]

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