Northeastern Students Attending UN Climate Change Conference in Doha

November 30, 2012

For the third year in a row, Northeastern University has sent a delegation to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Professor Denise Garcia has again organized student participation and funding for this experience and has coordinated participation by undergraduate students, Michael Green, Andonis Marden, and Victoria Porell.  This year’s summit is taking place through December 7, 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

The United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was negotiated in 1992 as a result of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the largest gathering in history of heads of state concerned with the protection of the environment and the stewardship of the planet. It was a time of great hope for change that set in motion aspirations for long-term environmental protection and sustainability.

In 2010, Professor Garcia made a request to the UNFCCC for Northeastern University to obtain accreditation to observe the negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark. After a long process, Northeastern was granted observer status to all UNFCCC negotiations and Professor Garcia attended the historic Copenhagen summit with a fifteen person delegation of students and alumni. Professor Garcia also attended the summit in South Africa last year with a group of students, and this year coordinated the participate of three of her students to attend the proceedings in Doha.

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