Posts tagged #Climate

Meeting the Alumni

This year, it's been a huge privilege to not only be leading a delegation of nine incredible young folks, but to also be meeting up with five of the Institute's alumni who're here in Morocco.

So, here are five case studies in how the Institute can be a trajectory-changing, life-affirming experience - and how young Kiwis can do really, really epic stuff.

Florence Reynolds: Australian presents John Key a Fossil

Today was the first day of COP21. We left our hostel at 6:30am and caught the train to Le Bourget in the dark. Apologies at this stage for the brief and possibly bland blog – I am already seriously suffering from the effects of a COP sleep schedule. 

Once inside the venue, I somehow managed to get separated from my delegation by walking into a restricted area with heads of State, and then spent an hour trying to find my way around the massive conference centre using the few and far between, unoriented maps. Finally I arrived at the 8am meeting room for the Spokescouncil of YOUNGO (the youth constituency of the UNFCCC).

Posted on December 1, 2015 and filed under UN Climate Talks 2015.

Saskia McCulloch: The Lone Kiwi

The first day of negotiations for the Paris Agreement are almost at an end, just a few more hours to go. I am in Bonn, Germany. The sun is shining, its 30 degrees and the World Conference Centre is swanky. Things are going smoothly, apart from the fact that I am the only real New Zealander here from civil society. 

Announcing our COP 20 Delegation

We are extremely proud to announce the selection of our delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.

The delegation of seven will be led by Institute alumna Saskia McCulloch, who attended last year's COP19 with us in Warsaw.  

Natalie Jones: How a walkout became the means of empowerment

It's the last day of negotiations. To be precise, it's 5pm in the afternoon of the last day of negotiations. One would expect, given the late hour, that some decisions would have been made here - some level of consensus and compromise reached on the various agenda items. In fact, even though it's 5 pm of the last day, the closing session has not even begun, and it's expected that it will be closely and ruthlessly fought. Negotiations are expected to extend into the night, into Saturday, and even into Sunday. 

Posted on November 22, 2013 and filed under UN Climate Talks 2013.

UN Climate Change Conference Training Weekend

This weekend we had a great time meeting our COP 19 delegates Natalie, Saskia, Lisa and Jerome for their Training Weekend at AUT Business School in Auckland.  

The delegates were fortunate enough to hear from experts Jim Salinger, an Auckland-based climate scientist and author of the new book Living in a Warmer World, Barry Coates, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand, and Geoff Keey, Global Campaign Coordinator for Climate Action Network International, about the policy outcomes they should expect from the Conference.

Delegates also learned more about the logistics of the Conference, which will host 9,000 people in Warsaw over the course of two weeks, and about what to expect from the annual Conference of Youth which will take place in the final days before the negotiations commence.

Another highlight was Skyping fellow Kiwi youth from the New Zealand Youth Delegation (NZYD) at their training session in Wellington.  NZYD sends a delegation of young New Zealanders to COP each year. 

Our delegates will leave in exactly one week, after a morning briefing with the Government’s climate change negotiators on Monday.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Sarah Trotman and AUT Business School for allowing us to use the beautiful Sir Paul Reeves building for our training.

 

UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 19) delegation selected

The Institute would like to congratulate those who have been selected to attend this year’s round of the United Nations climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland in November.

Well done to Jerome Cameron, Lisa McLaren, Saskia McCulloch and Natalie Jones!