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The UN Climate Change Negotiations Practicum at Duke, now in its fifth year, is an independent study focusing on international climate change negotiations and policies under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the international climate change issue, regulatory policies, negotiation processes and political dynamics of the UNFCCC through independent work, class discussions and guest lectures.

Participants in this year’s Practicum include nine graduate students from the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Law School. The faculty sponsors for the course are Professor Jonathan Wiener and Professor Billy Pizer.

Throughout the semester, students will provide updates on key topics in the negotiations on this blog. During the final two weeks of the Practicum, students will partner with NGOs and country delegations to attend the Conference of the Parties (COP-20) in Lima, Peru. In the lead-up to COP19, students will partner with stakeholder organizations and assist them with preparations for the negotiations.

In the past four years, practicum participants have attended COP19 in Warsaw, Poland; COP18 in Doha, Qatar; COP17 in Durban, South Africa; and COP16 in Cancún, Mexico. Student teams have worked with countries, such as Palau, Bangladesh, Mexico, and the Philippines, and NGOs, such as Islands First and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

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