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The application period to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annual Conference of the Parties (COP) is now open! Each year, the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) sends delegates to represent Tufts University. As observers, the Tufts delegates benefit from the opportunity to witness the developing foundation of global climate change polity and action, which often frames faculty and student research.

The 24th Conference of the Parties will take place from December 3-14, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. This is the third time that Poland will have hosted this landmark event and the fourth time presiding over climate negotiations. This year’s theme “Changing Together” reflects COP 24’s particular emphasis on implementing the Paris Agreement and the decisions and innovation  necessary to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on a global scale. To read more about COP 24’s emerging agenda and the location of this year’s Conference, please follow COP 24 Kotowice

The application deadline for Tufts students to be considered as delegates is June 15, 2018. ALL Tufts members (including students, faculty, and staff) are eligible to attend this event. To learn more about the application process or to apply please check out our UNFCCC COP webpage. If you have questions about the application, please contact Jill Parlee, Assistant Director of TIE Programs by email or at 617-627-3645. 

Tufts Delegate Reflects on COP!

"I regard it an honor to go to COP23, an international conference on climate change which I always want to personally attend. In this conference, I had the precious chance to meet and talk with experts, university students, and representatives all over the world. Their unique perspectives shaped by their diverse backgrounds and standpoints enriched my understandings on climate change and on its meaning to individuals. Overall, it is a rewarding chance to attend this convention; you will learn so much!"-Jiayu Xu, student observer