The TROP ICSU project was represented at four sessions on climate change education at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, on 13 and 14 December, 2018.

 

COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP 24 was held at Katowice, Poland, from 2 December to 14 December 2018. The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. Today, it has near-universal membership. The countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. Preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC.

At COP24, December 13 was celebrated as Education Day. On this day, Dr. Rahul Chopra represented the TROP ICSU project at the session "Climate Education and Capacity Building for Students and Local Communities," organized by NFD Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). He also participated in a panel discussion at the UN side event "Quality Education: Climate Change Education for All," organized by UNESCO, UNITAR, FAO, and UNDP.

On December 14, the TROP ICSU project was presented at the EU pavilion event "Climate Change Education and Training: Leadership and Excellence" and in a dedicated session at the IPCC WMO Pavilion.

The audience and participants at these sessions provided positive feedback on TROP ICSU and its educational resources, emphasizing and recognizing the urgent need for such an initiative. They also exhibited significant interest in collaborating and partnering with the project.

TROP ICSU at COP24, a special edition of the TROP ICSU newsletter