One of the most life-changing experiences Emory University has to offer undergraduate students is the opportunity to serve as a delegate at the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP). The yearly conference brings together diplomats, business leaders, heads of government, and other political and civil activists to discuss environmental issues and action on climate change.
Each year Emory sends a delegation of 6-12 students and a couple of faculty members to the climate negotiations. Attending the UN COP allows students to experience policymaking on an international scale. It also gives them the opportunity to meet and hear from scientists, diplomats, and activists from across the globe; learn about cutting-edge research; and benefit from diverse learning opportunities that cannot be found inside a classroom. As only one of 50 American universities with official observer status at the UN COP each year, Emory’s presence at these negotiations is a statement to the world of our commitment to advancing climate change scholarship, teaching, and engagement on our campus and beyond.
Why does your support matter?
There is currently no funding for Emory’s UN COP delegation program, and students are responsible for covering their own costs. We believe opportunities such as this should not be limited to students with the means to finance an overseas trip. Emory aims to build delegations of environmentally passionate students who are diverse in terms of socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, research interests, and other aspects of identity. Emory alumni and friends can play a tremendous role in making this experience possible for current and future Emory students, regardless of financial means.
Participating students have described UN COP as a life-changing experience, one that defines their Emory education. Your gift will help provide crucial support for exceptional students who wish to have a similar transformative experience but cannot due to financial limitations. Funds raised will help offset travel costs for students and faculty members to this year’s UN COP in Bonn, Germany, and will allow Emory to continue showcasing its commitment to the environment and climate change on the world stage.
The first 100 donors to our campaign will receive, along with our gratitude, a limited edition Emory COP delegation sticker.
Empower the next generation of climate leaders by supporting Emory’s UN COP delegation!