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Tufts Institute of the Environment is proud to be a sponsor of the COP22 which will take place in November of 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

A History of the COP

The COP, or “Conference of the Parties,” is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Annually, the body meets to discuss the implementation of the UNFCCC with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Paying particular attention to especially vulnerable nations, the UNFCCC stipulates that “Parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.”

There are currently 197 Parties to the Convention (196 States and the European Union). The most recent party to join was Palestine in March of 2016.