Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Climate and Development Lab Students at COP19

November 20, 2013

"The hopes for an ambitious global effort to address the grave risks of a destabilized climate look dim."

J. Timmons Roberts and Claire Langley

A group of students led by Faculty Fellow J. Timmons Roberts is in Warsaw this week for the nineteenth meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP19 for short).

Roberts and his colleagues report disappointing progress from the meeting, where, he writes, “The drumbeat of negativity is drowning out those who would put a brave face on the hopes for a strong global effort on climate.”

Group members are engaging with media and policymakers during the conference. In an interview with the climate change blog RTCC (above), Lab member Guy Edwards explained the growing importance of Latin American voices in the global conversation on climate. Edwards co-authored a commentary on Ecuador’s environmental policy for the site, as well.