Published 2019-01-10

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Climate Summit in Poland with many Mistra researchers involved

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, is perhaps the most important climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement. Now it is time for practical action to replace the noble speeches. Participants include researchers and representatives of several Mistra research programmes.

The official negotiating delegations have played a central role at the Katowice Climate Change Conference. However, as at previous climate summits, numerous representatives of civil society, environmental and international aid organisations, experts and researchers — including the ones from Mistra — are also involved.


‘We think it’s important for our researchers to be involved. The climate touches on many of our programmes, both directly and indirectly,’ says Thomas Nilsson, Programmes Director at Mistra.


For about a decade Mistra, like some 20 Swedish NGOs and universities, has had observer status for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It means that Mistra chooses representatives every year to take part in various public and side events. This is an opportunity the programme members appreciate, since the number of seats at the climate summits is limited. Mistra regards the conference as good experience for the researchers.


‘It’s important because they can present their own research and results during the Conference. But it’s also good experience, especially for young researchers, to see how international policy work is done,’ Nilsson says.


During the Katowice meeting, a total of five observers participated by means of Mistra’s accreditation. They included former Swedish Minister for the Environment, Lena Ek, who currently chairs Mistra Geopolitics. The programmes represented are Mistra SAMS, Mistra Geopolitics and Mistra Sustainable Consumption.


Future newsletters will include interviews with some of the Mistra researchers who took part in the Climate Change Conference in Katowice.