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.
I went to COP 19 in Warsaw last year with AYLI, and I'm returning to COP 20 this year with the New Zealand Youth Delegation. COP was one of last year's highlights for me, and so I thought I'd use this blog post to tell you a bit about what you might be in for if you attend COP with AYLI.
Last week, to be frank, not a lot got done - discussions progressed extremely slowly despite long hours of negotiation. This week Ministers have arrived and things have stepped up a notch; however, with three days to go there is still a lot of work to be done in order to reach a concrete outcome
I’ve now had a week at COP and I’ve come to realise that, despite the massive complexity of the talks – divided into various subsidiary bodies and workstreams, taking place in various settings from massive plenary halls to “informal informals” in the corridors (leading one to slow one's steps when passing a huddle of pink badges and try to unobtrusively point one's ears towards the conversation) – at the heart of everything are issues of equity. Everyone agrees that climate change is an issue: the talks are fundamentally about how the problem should be resolved, and, more importantly, who should do what. Equity is why these negotiations have been going on for over 20 years.
We're at the end of the first week here at COP19, and there's one week to go. So much has been packed into this week - but here are some of the highlights, or at least those I've managed to photograph. Things I wish I had a photo of: a walkout, an inflatable dinosaur, a 7-hour-long youth meeting (don't ask, just, don't), and the incredible vegan burger I ate yesterday.
I’m here in Warsaw at the annual UN climate talks – part of what are, perhaps, the most crucial negotiations for the future of our planet. However, to my surprise, New Zealand are not covering the talks at all.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the UN: loosely-structured chaos which often borders on the bizarre. COP is a mixture of the deadly serious and the straight-out hilarious - here are a few key picks from the first two days.
I’ve just survived my first day at COP 19! To avoid total confusion, I thought I’d ask the simple question: what are negotiators hoping to achieve in Warsaw? Unsurprisingly, it turns out that this is actually not such a simple question. To get to the answer, we need to go a short way back into the history of the UNFCCC (don’t worry though, I won’t subject you to too many acronyms), and also to look at what science tells us.