BC@UNCOP - UN Climate Conference

Boston College is an official Observer Organization for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also referred to as the Conference of the Parties or COP. This highly influential annual global event serves as the center of global climate change policymaking. Boston College sent a delegation to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland and will send another delegation to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt for COP27 in November, 2022.

COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt | Nov 6, 2022 – Nov 18, 2022

Under the leadership of the Schiller Institute, every non-graduating student and faculty member regardless of rank was provided the opportunity to apply to represent BC at COP27. The invitation was sent to 17,000 people. We received over 350 high quality applicants from faculty and students. Slightly more than 50 were invited to the second round. Twenty were selected for the delegation with seven alternates.

The selected group of students and faculty represents BC with a diversity of disciplines, experiences, and cultural perspectives.

SAVE THE DATE: As part of the lead up to COP27 we'll be hosting an exciting event with a featured speaker and panel of BC faculty experts on October 19. More details will be released soon.

The COP27 Experience

To increase understanding and awareness of global climate change policy and action, the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society is hosting an event featuring Somini Sengupta, International Climate Change Correspondent for the New York Times. Sengupta will also be moderating a panel of BC faculty experts, including Lacee Satcher (Sociology), Hanqin Tian (Schiller Institute and Earth and Environmental Sciences), Sandra Waddock (Business), and David Wirth (Law).

During COP27, the Schiller team plans to offer live updates from Sharm El Sheikh to inform the BC community about the status of the proceedings from a first-hand perspective. The delegation will also be posting updates on Twitter and Instagram.

We will do this to both expand the experience for as many of the campus community as possible to counteract the limited number of conference badges awarded to Observer Organizations, and to support the Schiller Institute mission to increase awareness of issues related to our core areas: energy, environment, and health.

If you are interested in joining a Dispatch from Sharm, please register.

BC@UNCOP Series: On the Road to Sharm El-Sheikh | October 19, 2022

To increase understanding and awareness of global climate change policy and action, the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society hosted an event featuring Somini Sengupta, International Climate Change Correspondent for the New York Times. Sengupta also moderated a panel of BC faculty experts, including Lacee Satcher (Sociology), Hanqin Tian (Schiller Institute and Earth and Environmental Sciences), Sandra Waddock (Business), and David Wirth (Law).

COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland | Oct 31, 2021 – Nov 12, 2021

Boston College students and faculty attended the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland—BC's first accredited delegation—and continue to work at reducing environmental and climatological harm caused by human activities.  

The COP26 Experience

Erik Owens, Director of BC's International Studies Program, reflects on the BC delegation's experience attending COP26. 

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