Student Learns Abroad at U.N. Climate Change Conference in Germany

November 27, 2017

by Jiaxin Guo MEM ’19, Communications Student Assistant

DURHAM, N.C. – Through Duke University's U.N. Climate Change Negotiations Practicum class, 11 classmates and I went to COP23 in Bonn, Germany this November. I participated in the second week of COP, when the U.S. Climate Action Center had just opened, and also featured a series of high-level engagement events. 

During our trip, every student was not only an observer from research institute, but also worked with a client organization to gain practical experience. My client during the week was International Union for Conservation of Nature, ecosystem-based adaptation team, and I attended several resilience-related events with my client. 

The state or organization pavilion also held abundant panels and events. For example, I have attended carbon market panel in China pavilion and climate change in social media discussion in EU pavilion.

For day-to-day coverage from the conference, be sure to visit the Duke to the UNFCCC student blog. It's maintained by Duke University’s U.N. Climate Change Negotiations Practicum class. Now in its eighth year, the Bass Connections-affiliated course provides students with an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the issues at the heart of global climate change — from adaptation and mitigation to the political dynamics of the UNFCCC negotiations process. 

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Photo Credit: Sarah Reinheimer