Elizabeth M. Schoeman

Elizabeth M. SchoemanClass of 2015
Staff Editor, Volume 40
Staff Member, Volume 39

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COP 19: A Disappointing Achievement

Just days before the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was held in Warsaw, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan, made landfall in the Philippines. The storm killed over 4,000 people and displaced millions more. Despite the moving speech by the Philippine negotiator at the opening session of the summit, which brought a standing ovation from Warsaw attendees, little was accomplished in the way of concrete proposals to support developing nations vulnerable to climate change. Parties eventually agreed to the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage in the final hours of the convention, but the vague wording and postponement of crucial negotiation does not suggest a meaningful commitment of support by the nations largely responsible for climate change.

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No Comments | Posted by Elizabeth M. Schoeman on Fri. February 7, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Climate Change, United Nations
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