WARSAW: Two staff from the Environment and Development Desk, Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) are currently attending the COP19 conference in Warsaw to emphasise the importance of Tibetan environmental conservation.
The two staff, Jigme Norbu and Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen will raise the issue of forceful removal of Tibetan pastoral nomads from their traditional way life, mining and destruction of Tibet’s fragile ecosystem, the global significance of Tibet’s rivers and the drastic impact of climate change on the Tibetan Plateau at the conference.
The 19th session of the Conference of Parties (COP19), a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently being held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland. The two-week conference (11-22 Nov) will discuss issues of global climatic changes and review the implementation of policies adopted in earlier summits.
This year’s conference was inaugurated by Mr. Marcin Korolec, the Polish minister for environment and the new president of the Conference. He emphatically called for a collective effort to work towards an agreement to combat the menace of climate change.
The most notable highlight of the opening session was the statement delivered by an emotional Philippine delegate which brought a sense of urgency towards the cause of environment conservation at the COP19.
The COP19 is one of the most important global climate conference organized by United Nations since 1995 in Berlin (COP1). Tibetan representatives have been able to actively participate in previous conferences such as 2009 COP15 in Copenhagen, 2012 COP18 in Doha.
For more information see