Led by UA geographer Diana Liverman, with funding from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, a UA delegation will travel to Paris to participate in a highly anticipated United Nations conference on climate change.
A delegation of University of Arizona researchers and a coalition of students from around the country will travel to Paris to participate in a highly anticipated United Nations conference on climate change.
The two groups, with funding support by the UA's Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, will attend the 21st Conference of the Parties, or COP21, which will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
The COP is an annual climate meeting under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change that brings together representatives of governments, companies and charities from around the globe to set goals and agreements that address climate change. President Barack Obama is one of the many world leaders scheduled to take part in the conference.
"We knew the risks back in the 1970s and we’re still at a point where we don’t have a key agreement on climate and on development," said Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA Institute of the Environment and a veteran of six previous COPs who will attend COP21. "We're hoping that Paris will be successful."
Liverman, a Regents’ Professor of Geography and Development and expert on climate change policy, noted that the level of voluntary commitment to emission reductions going into the conference is greater than ever. This, along with the public impact of recent high-profile news such as Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, has garnered hope for climate negotiators and activists, who also will be at the conference.
Liverman is leading the UA delegation, which includes faculty members Don Falk and Valerie Trouet and graduate students Sonya Ziaja, America Lutz Ley and Miriam Gay-Antaki. Representing both the social and natural sciences, the researchers will attend meetings, interview global leaders on climate policy, network, and help share the UA’s knowledge and research on climate with other attendees.
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