If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.
Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
November 17, 2007
Swarthmore COP 19 is a blog built by students at Swarthmore College who seek to engage with the international political and cultural movement to negotiate binding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In the fall of 2013 the College won observer status to participate in the Conference of Parties hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This blog will closely follow the events of the conference, hosted in Warsaw this year, in addition to cross-publishing other media relevant to international climate negotiations. Our goal is to utilize this opportunity to expand the discourse on climate justice and sustainability within the college community and beyond.
This Year’s Conference: Warsaw, Poland
COP 19 – the 19th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – will take place at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, from Monday, November 11 through November 22, 2013. The conference will be roughly divided in two parts. The first week will include introductory sessions and initial working groups, while the second will include high-level sessions and final decision-making. Please see the official overview schedule of the formal proceedings. Throughout the conference, observing non-governmental organizations and participating governmental delegations will host “Side Events” and “Exhibits” open to all formal observers and participants. Climate Action Network provides an in-depth overview of what to expect from the conference, both in summary form and in full.
History and Background