Be an armchair participant in the Bonn Climate Change Conference

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The Bonn Climate Change Conference is now underway. While MethodSpace will focus attention on the launch of the Universities Network on Climate Capacity (UNCC), there are lots of other events and materials that might be of interest to researchers and educators.

Of course, any event or activity of this scale can be overwhelming. The number of acronyms alone can intimidate the most intrepid virtual visitor! To help you get started, here is a guided tour for armchair participants.

The conference website is a hub for participants from near and far. The Overview Schedule and Daily Programme tell you what is happening when, in case you want to follow a particular event. If you find an event of interest, you can look at any related documents.  Some sessions are streamed live, so look for webcasts.

The Virtual Participation area of the site points you to the social media accounts and other sites associated with the conference. One Twitter feed,   @UNFCCCDocumentsfocuses exclusively on documents related to each event session. A hashtag, #Talanoa4ambition, is part of a global conversation on solutions.

What topics Interest you?

The list of topics lets you know what will be discussed at this conference. Topics are clickable, so you can drill down to find information for each one on The Big Picture, Workstreams, Events & Meetings, and Resources.

For example, I am interested in Resources on the topic of Education and Youth.

From here I can look at materials about public participation and find links to organizations and wikis where I can learn more and potentially get involved. If I click the Good Practices link and go to public participation, I will find stories and examples from various education-oriented projects.

Search for Bonn and UN Resources

The “filter by” box on the Conference site allows you to hone in on the types of resources you want. Available in this drop-down menu are materials from the current conference as well as from prior events or other UN sites. For example, the link to “audio” takes you to a page that lists numerous podcasts from around the world.

You can also focus your search by entering a keyword and a resource type. So you could look for reports or articles about research.







If you are wondering what has been done, and what achievements have been made, a new UN Climate Change Annual Report for 2017 was published on April 30 to coincide with the opening of the Bonn Conference. You can read it here.

Share your experiences!

Use the comment box below to share your own discoveries about this important conference, or to point to resources of interest to the research community.


One thought on “Be an armchair participant in the Bonn Climate Change Conference

  1. As a participant in these meetings and Steering/Launch Committee member for the Universities Network for Climate Capacity (UNCC), there is another place I’d steer researchers and university colleagues to look. The UNFCCC has what they call “constituencies” that represent larger groups of non-governmental stakeholders.

    At SeaTrust Institute, we belong to the Research NGO group (called RINGOS) which is comprised mostly of universities. While parts of the site are for members only, an increasingly large part of the information is public at including what we are doing at SB48 in Bonn now.

    The UNCC is only a portion of what goes on with RINGOS. RINGO members follow different tracks of the negotiations and prepare a report delivered on behalf of the entire constituency at the conclusion of each of these COP related events. Much of the liaison work between all areas of civil society, including academia, is mandated through these constituencies so their work is our link to the negotiations. As a personal note, I find that the information and reports generated by RINGOS often are more complete and even accurate than some of the official communications from other areas of the regime. I may be biased, since I’m a researcher, but in policy the devil truly is in the details. RINGO delves into those details.

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