UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw Opens

Location of most events and pavilions of parties and exhibits

Location of most events and pavilions of parties and exhibits

Philippines representative at COP19 speaking at opening

Philippines representative at COP19 speaking at opening

Party representatives and observers from IGOs and NGOs at opening session of COP19

Party representatives and observers from IGOs and NGOs at opening session of COP19

The UN Climate Change Conference (known as COP19/CMP9) has opened.

Here are some reflections/updates, roughly 2-and-a-half days into the 13-day event:

(1) the most powerful moment so far was the speech of the representative of the Philippines at the opening session, at which he described his brother who is gathering bodies of the dead in the wake of Supertyphoon Haiyan.

(2) some things that I was told or read prior to the opening come with qualifiers (or the reality depends on who you ask) – among veterans of COP meetings, some say that NGOs and the business community have less access than in prior COP meetings, some say the level is about the same, some say they are being engaged more.

(3) what is being confirmed by veterans of COP meetings (so far) is that the level of sub-national governmental engagement may be greater than in the past – see my previous blog post explaining why this is significant.

(4) apparently, learning-on-the-fly is normal for a first-time observer/participant/adviser.

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About Adam Sulkowski

Associate Professor of Law and Sustainability, specializing in research and teaching on sustainable business, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, and corporate and environmental law.
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