What is the COP?

COP stands for Conference of Parties, and refers to the yearly Conference of Parties (COP), which is held under the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is an international gathering of representatives from 195 countries who meet to decide policies vital to the health of our planet under the looming threat of climate change.

This year marks the 23rd meeting of the COP in Bonn,Germany, hosted by Fiji, where these 195 countries will look to ensure effective implementation of the Paris Agreement from COP-21, as it comes into force. Join us the delegation from the University of Michigan, travel to the COP and shares firsthand insight from the negotiations.

Dr. Avik Basu from the University of Michigan, co-teaches a course on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Following an introduction by former School of Natural Resources Dean, Dan Brown, Dr. Basu described the history of the COP at the 2017 Climate Blue symposium, With or Without US? (starts at 2:30 in video below):