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What happens at a climate COP?

Start Date

Oct 26, 2021 1:00 pm

End Date

Oct 26, 2021 2:00 pm

Date: October 26, 2021

Time: 1.00p.m.

Place: Law Lecture Theatre 2, Sandy Bay campus.

You’ve probably heard a lot about the forthcoming climate change COP, scheduled to commence October 29 in Glasgow. Ever wondered what really happens at a Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change?

Join the School of Law’s Dr Peter Lawrence and Jan Linehan for an informative discussion on what happens at the annual meeting for parties to the UNFCCC.

With long experience in DFAT, both Peter and Jan have attended numerous COPs and will answer your questions about:

  1. Why is there an annual meeting of the COP and what does it do?
  2. Who attends and how is each country’s team selected?
  3. How do decisions actually get made? Are all the big decisions decided in advance?
  4. What are side events and how do they relate to the COP?
  5. Who can be an observer? If NGOs go to the COP, how do they influence outcomes?

About the panellists

Dr Peter Lawrence researches in the field of climate change, international law and justice. He previously worked for DFAT and in that capacity attended numerous COPs.

Jan Linehan is an international lawyer and former international negotiator, who researches in international law, human rights, and climate change. She previously worked for DFAT and in that capacity attended a number of COPs