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UN Conference Delegation

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. After COP21, 190 countries submitted 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.

Check out the ongoing (COP21-present) Swarthmore Delegation blog here, as well the blog from COP20 here.

Swat COP Delegation on WHYY

WHYY, Philadelphia's NPR radio station, featured the Swarthmore delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in a short piece on its show, Newsworks. Stephen O'Hanlon '17 commented, "I'm hopeful that young people being at the conference will help to make this agreement as powerful and as effective as it can be."

Read the transcript here