Three SIPA Environmental Coalition members, through accreditation from The Climate Registry, recently traveled to the UN climate change conference in Doha, Qatar to participate in side events and negotiations for an international climate treaty. The Doha conference, or COP 18 in United Nations lingo, intended to create a legally binding international agreement that limits global average temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Anja Gilbert, Seisei Tatebe-Goddu, and Risa Edelman immersed themselves in side events, group meetings, open sessions of the negotiations, and yes, even parties in the Qatari desert. Students were well prepared by courses such as Josh Ginsberg’s International Environmental Policy and Professor Brownstein’s Energy Policy.
Risa and Seisei, as co-directors of the upcoming 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit in March 2013, specifically tracked conversations and themes to help them determine the hottest topics for next year’s Summit.