So, What is COP?

aerial view for Cairo with clouds and AUC architecture in the background, to represent climate change initiative

What is COP27?

COP, or Conference of the Parties, is a UN initiative that encourages international cooperation to mitigate the impacts of climate change by stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions and making ecosystems around the world more resilient. The 27th session of this conference will be held this year in Egypt. 

The conference will host panels, workshops, research presentations and roundtables on climate change topics, such as financial roadmaps to carbon emission reduction, to facilitate communication and problem solving across borders.

Why is COP27 important?

Climate change is a vast international problem. Emissions from one country in the northern hemisphere may destroy their southern neighbors’ ecosystems, making the problem too complex for one country to solve by itself. COP encourages nations to collaborate by identifying problems and designing integrative solutions. 

Who attends COP27?

Delegates from member nations of the UN will attend COP27, in addition to scientists, policymakers, academics, business leaders and others. AUC will be participating through presentations on faculty research and student activities, highlighting the University’s work and Climate Change Initiative. 

Where is COP27 held?

The 27th COP conference will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The first COP was held in Berlin in 1995 and has alternated hosting countries since then. 

When is COP27? 

COP27 is happening November 6 - 18.