Study Abroad Information


More information will be posted here soon about the two week study abroad component in South Africa.  Please see the Global Education FAQs page.

Participation in the UNFCCC Conference

They Negotiate. We Participate.
The UNFCC has a process for observer organizations to participate in the proceedings without being actual negotiations. “Any body or agency, whether national or international, governmental or non-governmental, which is qualified in matters covered by the Convention, and which has informed the secretariat of its wish to be represented at a session of the Conference of the Parties as an observer, may be so admitted unless at least one third of the Parties present object.”  

Dickinson College is a non-profit observer organization.  Here is what NGOs are asked to do at the proceedings. Observer organizations fall under several categories.  There are six acknowledged constituencies in the climate change process.  Business and industry non-governmental organizations (BINGO), Environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGO), Indigenous peoples organizations (IPO), Local government and municipal authorities (LGMA), Research- oriented and independent organizations (RINGO) and Trade union organizations (TUNGO).  

Once an organization is admitted, its representatives may attend sessions of the Convention bodies as observers.   Those observer organizations that have been admitted to a COP in the past or provisionally admitted to the SBs do not need to reapply for admission. 
COP17 Official Page
Durban, South Africa - Interactive Map