How the NGO community will play a role at COP21

By Jeff Tyson 02 December 2015

In this video interview, Oxfam America Climate Change Policy Manager Heather Coleman discusses Oxfam’s role at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference is officially underway in Paris and the international community is seeking an unprecedented globally binding climate deal.

As heads of state work towards finalizing an agreement, members from the nonprofit and civil society sectors will be directly engaged in the process. Ahead of COP21, Devex sat down with Heather Coleman, climate change policy manager at Oxfam America, to find out what role Oxfam will play this week.

Coleman said that many developing countries don’t have the technical expertise or capacity to fully engage with the climate discussions in Paris and that Oxfam will have representatives “sitting on their country delegations doing the negotiations.”

“That allows us to access these talks in a very inside way,” Coleman added.

Watch the video above to learn more about what is happening in Paris this week and what role nongovernmental organizations like Oxfam can play.

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Jeff is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Washington, DC, he covers multilateral affairs, U.S. aid and international development trends. He has worked with human rights organizations in both Senegal and the United States, and prior to joining Devex worked as a production assistant at National Public Radio. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester.


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