Rural Studies PhD Candidate, Graeme Reed at COP24 Conference in Poland

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Graeme Reed, a SEDRD PhD Student and Senior Advisor with the Assembly of First Nations, is attending COP 24 - United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland for the next two weeks (December 6-13, 2018).

He is participating as a technical expert as part of the Canadian Delegation, spending equal parts of his time with Canadian negotiators and with the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC), advocating for the inclusion of Indigenous rights, knowledge, and action in the UNFCCC.

The IIPFCC is concentrated on two main priorities this COP: i) inclusion of human rights and indigenous rights (as referenced in the Preamble of the Paris Agreement) in all dimensions of the Paris Rulebook (for example, the negotiations on Article 4: nationally determined contributions (NDCs)); and II) thé full operationalization of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.

As this is the final session for the preparation of the Paris Rulebook, it is set to be quite a Political COP with Minister McKenna and her counterpart attending the second half of the session.

Stay tuned for the results of the negotiations and any updates from Graeme!

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