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 organized by the UNFCCC and hosted by the Government of Peru will be held from 1 to 12 December 2014. There more than one thousands of government delegates, researchers, activist and scientist from around 190 countries.
Tibetan representatives have been participating at the past UN Climate conferences such as 1996 COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark. 2011 COP17 in Durban, South, 2012 COP 18 in Doha, 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,
- Forceful removal of Tibetan nomads,
- Polluting and damming of Tibetan rivers,
- the Impact of destructive mining in Tibet under Chinese rule and
- Global Significance of Tibetan Plateau.
The COP or the conference of parties is the biggest environmental conference organized 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.