The COP: A High School Reunion for the Climate World, Part 1

Climate Decoded

20-11-2023 • 35 mins

The Conference of the Parties, commonly referred to as COP, represents the largest annual gathering worldwide dedicated to addressing climate change. Organised under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), COPs are hosted by different nations on a rotating basis. This series of conferences commenced in Berlin in 1995, and since then, 27 COP events have taken place. Notable among these are COP21 in Paris in 2015, which led to the historic Paris Agreement; COP3 in Kyoto in 1997, instrumental in establishing the Kyoto Protocol, and the less successful COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009. The current iteration, COP28, is scheduled to convene in Dubai in late November 2023.

In this two-part segment, producers Greg and Izzie offer an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of COP. They delve into the inherent challenges embedded in its structure, engage in conversations with a diverse range of COP participants, from former prime ministers to youth activists, and unravel this year’s big talking points - and all of this will be viewed through the prism of that stormy formative period in one's life: high school.

The COP is the high school reunion for the climate world.

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