Denmark is hosting the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 15, from December 7th to December 18th. COP15 is the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

COP15 is a major convening of international governments to reconcile international protocol on climate change, as Kyoto’s Protocol comes to its end. The COP consists of environment ministers who meet once a year to discuss the convention’s developments. More than 189 countries and 10,000 people are attending the conference.

The official Denmark website states that the “the goals of the climate change convention are to stabilize the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a level that prevents dangerous man-made climate changes. This stabilization must occur in such a way as to give the ecosystems the opportunity to adapt naturally. This means that food safety must not be compromised, and that the potential to create sustainable social and economic development must not be endangered.”

Nice start but let’s go forward

Jakob Rutqvist COP15 Na Wang 

Jakob Rutqvist, a 2008 Climate Change College Fellow and co-founder of Global Focus. (credit Na Wang).