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Emory admitted as observer to UN climate talks

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The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change approved Emory University as an accredited, official observer to the UN climate talks, thanks to efforts led by Stefanie Sarnat, Rollins associate professor of environmental health.

The accreditation allows Emory faculty, staff, and students to participate in annual negotiating sessions, such as those that produced the international agreements in Kyoto in 1997 and Copenhagen in 2009. Emory joins more than 35 other universities that hold this status.

"Several thousand non-governmental observers attend these sessions each year, and they provide a great opportunity for the Emory community to present our research and to network, teach, and learn," says Sarnat.

This accomplishment is the first major milestone for Climate@Emory, a new campus-wide initiative designed to advance scholarship, teaching, partnership, and engagement on climate change at Emory and beyond.

Related Resources:

Climate@Emory

"Climate@Emory brings interdisciplinary strengths to pressing world problems" (4/19/2015)

"Emory University admitted as observer to UN climate talks" (12/11/2014)

Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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