UN Conference Delegation

Participation in the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference

3 members of Swarthmore's 2015 COP21 Delegation in Paris, France

Dakota Pekerti '16, Indiana Reid-Shaw '17, and Professor Eric Jensen pose during the second day of the 2015 COP21 in Paris, France.

The College is sending its 3rd annual delegation to Paris for COP21. Read the delegation's daily blog updates here.

In 2013, the College applied for and was granted NGO observer status to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP). The UNFCCC is the United Nations body tasked with developing international agreements to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous anthropogenic climate change. The 3rd COP in 1997 established the Kyoto Protocol. This year's COP, the 21st, is widely seen as an opportunity to create a follow-up protocol that is legally binding and that keeps global temperature rise below 2°C. Attending countries are expected to submit a national climate action plan (called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs) to the UNFCCC in order to determine how the international community can meet this global temperature goal. Explore the INDCs here.