LIMA, Peru: Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen, an environment research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute and Dorji Kyi, an environment activist of Tibetan Women’s Association are participating at the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference or more popularly known as the COP20 at Lima, in Peru.
The COP20 or the Conference of the Parties organised by the UNFCCC and hosted by the Government of Peru is being held from 1 to 12 December. More than one thousand government delegates, researchers, activists and scientists from around 190 countries are participating in the conference.
Tibetan representatives have been participating at the past UN Climate conferences such as 2009 COP15* in Copenhagen, Denmark; 2011 COP17 in Durban, South Africa; 2012 COP 18 in Doha, Qatar; 2012 Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil and 2013 COP19 in Warsaw, Poland.
The two Tibetan representatives are attending the conference to raise social-environmental issues such as the impact of climate change on the Tibetan landscape, the forceful removal of Tibetan nomads, polluting and damming of Tibetan rivers, the impact of destructive mining in Tibet under Chinese rule, and the global significance of the Tibetan plateau.
The COP or the conference of parties is the biggest environmental conference organised by the UN to specifically deal with the impact of climate change and find solutions to mitigate the future impacts. The next or the COP21 would be held in Paris next year to sign some of the most important agreements.
(*Correction: COP 15 @Copenhagen was held in 2009 and not in 1996 as earlier reported)