2011 COP17 Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, South Africa

From November 28 – December 10, Brown’s Climate and Development Lab are sending a team of faculty and students to participate at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations taking place in Durban, South Africa.

Led by Professor Timmons Roberts, Director of the Center for Environmental Studies, the Brown team at the COP17 in Durban will attempt to influence the negotiations to produce more just and effective processes and outcomes concerning climate finance and other relevant climate policy.

The team will be working closely with the chair of the Least Developed Country Group to support them coordinate their activities at the negotiations. This role presents the team with an impressive opportunity to work at the heart of the negotiations with the poorest and most vulnerable countries at the talks. This proximity to the events will give us excellent access to the main stories and issues unfolding in Durban which we will monitor and analyze here on Global Conversation.  You can also follow us on Twitter here.

Location

Durban
South Africa
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    After the longest session on record, governments at the COP17 in Durban in December 2011 agreed to negotiate by 2015 a climate deal to enter into force in 2020. The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action defied predictions that the meeting in South...
  • Guy Edwards | February 17th, 2012
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  • The Editors | January 12th, 2012
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    Adam Kotin | December 10th, 2011
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    Cecilia Pineda | December 9th, 2011
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  • Spencer Fields | December 4th, 2011
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  • Graciela Kincaid | December 1st, 2011
    The tone in Durban is focused and preoccupied.  Thousands of delegates march to and fro, big bags and nametags flying, rarely alone and usually deep in conversation.  Yet this busy tension is tempered by the beachy, humid atmosphere which...
  • Graciela Kincaid | November 30th, 2011
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  • Brianna Craft | November 29th, 2011
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  • Spencer Fields | November 29th, 2011
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  • Adam Kotin | November 27th, 2011
    Well, this sure feels familiar.   Last year about this time, as I prepared to travel to Cancun, Mexico with a group of students and faculty for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations, the outlook was grim....
  • Kelly Rogers | November 26th, 2011
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  • Linlang He | November 23rd, 2011
    “This world demands the qualities of youth- not a time of life but a state of mind: a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease. “    ...
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