Simulations of UN Climate Negotiations "COP in my City" Organized by CSCCC held in Islamabad

Aug 31 2018 | 12:10:43
COP in my City Islamabad took place at the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad on the 30-31 August 2018 with support from the EU, FNF and the JS Bank. The event was organized by the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change in collaboration with the UNDP and HEC. Ms. Aisha Khan, Chief Executive, CSCCC gave the welcome remarks and Dr. Tariq Banuri, Charmian HEC addressed the opening plenary as the keynote speaker. COP in my City Islamabad is a youth-led event that simulates the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) on Climate Change that brings together states and stakeholders to discuss and create global climate change policy. In this event Students take up the roles of various major countries, state groups and non-state actors with the objective of negotiating global policies to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius. The event has taken place in more than 80 countries of the world. The purpose of COP in my City is to engage the youth of Pakistan, which makes up the majority of Pakistan’s population, in the climate change debate, and build their capacity towards climate change diplomacy. The two-day simulated exercise was attended by students from more than 20 universities representing ICT, Sindh, KPK, GB, and Punjab. The students were given a unique opportunity to participate in climate negotiations. The students were also trained to facilitate similar sessions in their universities to take forward the climate agenda in their student bodies. The event was also attended by young officers from the Pakistan Foreign Service Academy.  In addition, Mr. Farhan Anwar from FNF gave a presentation on Climate Efficient Urban Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities. The COP in my City 2018 conference concluded with participants signing a mock Global Agreement based on their ‘pledges’, representing different countries and blocs. Ms. Anne Marchal, Minister / Deputy Head of European Union Delegation to Pakistan, Mr. Iganacio  Artaza, Country Director UNDP, and Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, former Secretary Climate Change  addressed the gathering. Mr. Shafqat Kakakhel, Chairperson CSCCC gave the closing remarks to conclude the ceremony. The chief guests presented certificates of participation to the students along with an award to attend COP 24 in Poland to the two best performing delegates, Mr. Safee-ul-Haq of IBA Karachi and Ms. Sonia Madad of Federal Medical College, Islamabad.