Climate Change, Global Governance At COP27, Penn showcased its diverse climate expertise on the world stage

November 29, 2022
By Marilyn Perkins and Michele W. Berger | Penn Today

Penn played its largest role yet in this year’s United Nations climate change conferenceCOP27. The conference, held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from Nov. 6-20, and attended by more than 30,000 people, included policy discussions, climate events, and negotiations that resulted in a deal to fund “loss and damage” related to climate change. In its third year with accredited observer status, the Penn delegation contributed to both the negotiations at the center of the conference, including significant work on loss and damage conversations, and the series of events at its perimeter, called the “blue zone.”

“Penn has real expertise on climate solutions, so it’s really important for us to participate in these international venues where finding solutions is the number one priority,” says Cornelia Colijn, executive director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and one of two heads of Penn’s delegation, with Michael Weisberg, the Bess W. Heyman President’s Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy.

More than 30 representatives from across the University—including the Kleinman Center, Perry World House (PWH), School of Arts & SciencesPenn Carey Law SchoolSchool of Veterinary MedicineStuart Weitzman School of DesignPenn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR), and more—participated in COP27. 

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