Anamarija Frankic to Represent Center for Governance and Sustainability at COP-17
Professor Anamarija Frankic will represent the Center for Governance and Sustainability and the University of Massachusetts Boston at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP 17 is being held in Durban, South Africa Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 2011. The conference is also the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the Kyoto Protocol.
Climate change is arguably the biggest challenge facing humankind and earth’s ecological systems. It is the foremost threat to sustainable development, global biodiversity, economic growth, and quality of life. The primary objective of COP-17 is to reach agreement on how to effectively address climate change on a global level in a fair manner. The conference is particularly important as it is the last such gathering before the Kyoto protocol expires in 2012. The Kyoto Protocol currently sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Prof. Frankic will be a panelist at a conference side event as part of discussions on Climate Change Awareness Raising and Education. The panel, Green Economy: Powering Climate Solutions, will feature youth and youth representatives from various environmental and international organizations, including UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank. Outcomes of the event will include recommendations to the larger conference on effective strategies for raising climate and sustainability awareness for youth.
Prof. Frankic has worked for more than twenty-five years on international environmental issues, including advising the European consensus project for sustainable aquaculture in Europe, and spearheading the Croatian Nature Protection Investment Project (CNPIP), the largest conservation project in the Adriatic region. She is also currently developing a global green harbors network. She will bring her own experience, UMass Boston’s commitment to sustainability, and CGS’s expertise in environmental governance to COP-17. Please check back frequently throughout the coming two weeks for updates on conference activities.