Verona Collantes is an Intergovernmental Specialist with UN Women and the focal point for the three Rio Conventions – climate change, desertification and biodiversity. She works with governments, UN entities and other non-government partners to ensure that intergovernmental processes and their outcomes incorporate a gender perspective. Dedicated to improving women’s participation in global processes, Ms. Collantes works to ensure that women, including grassroots, indigenous and young women are represented in intergovernmental fora.
World leaders are convening in Poland for the global climate conference, COP 24. What is this conference about?
COP 24 is the informal name for the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP 24 brings together world leaders to agree on the full implementation of the Paris Agreement and raise ambition. A critical goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The Paris Agreement is a UN-facilitated intergovernmental agreement that tackles climate change mitigation, adaptation, technology, capacity-building and finance, among others.
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