COP fika: Looking behind the scenes of International Negotiations for our Planet
LU researchers report on their involvement in international environmental negotiations. Over coffee/tea, you will hear about the evolution of these negotiations from diplomatic meetings to mega events. Emphasis is placed on sharing personal experiences from recent negotiations to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change, and plastic pollution. Questions and contributions from the audience are most welcome!
This event brings together researchers from different faculties at Lund University that have been involved in international environmental negotiations. During these negotiations, hundreds of diplomats and thousands of civil society representatives discuss strategies and measures to protect our eco-systems, the atmosphere, and oceans from negative human impacts. In so-called Conferences of the Parties (COPs), national governments aim to stop biodiversity loss, mitigate climate change, and combat global plastic pollution. While these negotiations have started as rather small diplomatic events, they have grown to mega events. Despite intensive negotiation rounds with night sessions and struggles about single footnotes, however, it seems that not much could have been achieved over the past few years. Global greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, biodiversity loss is gaining speed, and current rates of plastic pollution are unprecedented.
Against this backdrop, we take a critical perspective and share our personal experiences from our participation as observers in these international environmental negotiations.
10:00h-10:20h: Mingling with coffee and tea
10:20h-10:30h: Welcome and introductory remarks with short PPT
10:30h-11:15h: Sharing of personal experiences of the panellists
11:15h-11:45h: Questions and open discussion
Moderator: Fariborz Zelli, LU Department of Political Science
Maria Blasi Romero, LU Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (personal experiences from CBD COP15)
Thomas Hickmann, LU Department of Political Science (personal experiences from UNFCCC COP15, COP18, COP21)
Karl Holmberg, LU Department of Political Science (personal experiences from INC-1 on plastic pollution)
Aysegul Sirakaya, LU Department of Law (personal experiences from CBD COP 14, COP 15)
Giulia Testa, Coordinator of the Nordic Youth Biodiversity Network and Coordinator of the European Young Rewilders (personal experiences from CBD COP15)
The event will be held in English. Coffee and tea will be offered.
This event is part of Sustainability Week 2023, an annual event organised in collaboration between Lund University and Lund Municipality. This year, over 60 lectures, guided tours, exhibitions, and more are arranged.
For more information about the programme, visit hallbarhet.lu.se
About the event
Hörsalen, Pufendorfinstitutet, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund
maria [dot] blasi_romero [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se