Negotiating our climate: what is COP and why does it matter?

  • Date:
  • Time: 12:00 – 13:00
  • Location: ONLINE
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In November 2020 the UK will be hosting the United Nations climate negotiations, known as COP26 – the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties. As well as being the largest summit ever hosted in the UK, it has been described as the most important gathering on climate change since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015.

But what is COP? Why does it matter? And what role do researchers have to play?

Three speakers, all with significant experience of COP and UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) processes, will introduce us to the basics of COP:

  • UNFCCC and the role of COP26
  • What goes on during the two week event
  • Specific considerations for COP26
  • COP-related activity planned at the University of Leeds

The event will conclude with a Q&A session.

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Our panel will include:

Professor Jason Lowe, Head of Climate Services at the Met Office Hadley Centre and Priestley Chair in Interdisciplinary Climate Research

Dhanush Dinesh, Global Policy Engagement Manager of the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Harriet Thew, postgraduate researcher in the Sustainability Research Institute focused on youth participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

This is the first in a series of events happening both on and off campus in the run up to COP26.

If you’re student or staff member at the University of Leeds interested in staying up to date with our COP26 activities, let us know.

You can watch a recording of this webinar here: Webinar recording

Slides from this event are available here: Webinar slides

Main image: The Global Carbon Budget side event at COP25