Negotiations to tackle climate change are complex. The Copenhagen negotiations of 2009 were perceived by most as a failure to adequately address climate change, and the conferences in Cancun (2010) and Durban (2011) led to questionable progress. National interests and contexts render international climate policy difficult to design and implement. As of now, the answers and solutions formulated by public and private decision makers remain insufficient considering present and future challenges.
After a year of research and network building, CliMates is organizing its first International Summit, bringing together its active members in Paris to find solutions to climate change of the next generation.
The CliMates Summit will be the opportunity:
The CliMates International Summit will have three main goals:
1. Review and analyze one year of collaborative and multidisciplinary research led by CliMates students
2. Stimulate the debate on climate change and promote a student expertise
3. Produce a CliMates Call for Action: a list of student solutions and projects to advocate and implement
The CliMates Call for Action will consist in a series of commitment and recommendations that CliMates will present and advocate to decision makers at all levels, including to negotiators of the UNFCCC COP 18, in Doha in November 2012.
The CliMates Call for Action shall also consist in a blueprint for CliMates and its partners’ activity for the following year. For this reasons, CliMates invites its partners (especially student and youth organizations) to participate in and sign the CliMates Call for Action.
The first CliMates International Summit will be held in Paris from October 29th to November 2nd 2012. It will gather CliMates students from all over the world to review and debate one year of collaborative research.
The aim of this event is to elaborate, negotiate and advocate a common student position, putting forward innovative solutions to effectively mitigate and adapt to climate change. These will be formulated in the CliMates Call for Action.
Many academic and professional climate change experts will be present, including Nobel Peace Prize winner and IPCC founder Jean Jouzel, founder of the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations, Laurence Tubiana, and philosopher and sociologist and scientific Director at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, Bruno Latour.
We view this as an ambitious 'Social Lab Experiment', designed to foster creative ways to discuss and negotiate issues, in order to integrate, yet transcend the logic of national interest towards global climate solidarity.
We will present the CliMates Call for Action to decision-makers in different sectors, as well as negotiators at international fora, including the 18th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in Qatar in November 2012.
This Summit will be supported by our partners IDDRI and the Office of Academic Research of Sciences Po.
There is still time if you would like to participate and join a delegation team. Here's how you can become a CliMates delegate and come to the Summit. CliMates is also inviting partner youth organizations to participate.
To learn more about the CliMates International Summit,
please read our presentation brochure.