AAG Seeks Observers To Attend United Nations Climate Change Conference

The American Association of Geographers has been granted Observer Organization status to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With this formal designation, the AAG is permitted to submit to the UNFCCC Secretariat its nominations for representatives to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference that will take place from November 7-18, 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco (COP-22/CMP12).

Prior to midnight Monday, July 25, 2016 persons interested in being nominated to attend by the AAG must be a current member of the AAG and provide the following information (in this exact format, please) via email to cmannozzi [at] aag [dot] org along with a copy of these instructions:

Note: All information must be as it appears in the official photo identification which the participant will present at the registration desk.

·      Salutation (Mr. Ms. Dr. etc.):

·      Given / First name:

·      Family name:

·      Functional title:

·      Department:

·      Organization:

·      Date of birth (DD/MM/YYYY):

·      Country which issued Passport:

·      Identification document number (Passport number):

·      E-mail address:

·      Telephone where you can be reached for questions about your application:

·      Dates within the range of November 7 – 18  for which you will be actually attending the COP sessions

·      A very brief paragraph describing your interest and purpose for attending the COP sessions

·      A statement agreeing with the terms of these instructions for nomination

Identification number, date of birth and name are for identification verification only and will not be made available to anyone outside of the AAG or the UNFCCC. Date of birth will also be used to signal nomination of minors.

AAG nominees will be provided with a copy of nomination documentation for eventual presentation at the Conference registration desk in Marrakesh, Morocco. The UN will provide a quota to the AAG which may restrict the number of participants or the dates for which nominees may be approved for attendance. This quota will be provided to the AAG after July 25, 2016.

All nominees must have their own source of financial support to attend and make all necessary travel, insurance, visa, and logistical arrangements for themselves; the AAG is not providing any funds or other support for travel or participation. Nominees also must release the AAG from any and all financial or legal liability during their period of participation and refrain from making proclamations, claims, announcements, or other statements as being the official position of the association or its membership. Attendees must also adhere to the codes of conduct and follow the guidelines for participation as outlined by the United Nations  (see https://unfccc.int/files/parties_and_observers/ngo/application/pdf/coc_guide.pdf).

Upon return, attendees will submit a brief trip report to the AAG Executive Director, Doug Richardson, drichardson [at] aag [dot] org

We will share more information on schedules, logistics, and accommodation for COP-22 as soon as it is made available to us.