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‘COP in My City’ held in Butwal

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Butwal, September 11, 2016: Conference of Parties(COP), an initiative on Climate change, has successfully been organized in Butwal by Apex School, in coordination with Nepalese Students’ Club.

COP in My City is a youth-led project with an ambition to bridge the gap between yearly climate negotiations and mainstreaming it to the public, fostering education and act on climate change locally, creating an international community of agents of change committed to global cooperation and dialogue on climate change. The idea of organizing the programme is the commitment and empowerment of young people to better understand the issue and fight the climate change. The COP in My City project provides one with keys to become a change maker.

In the programme held under the chairmanship of Mr. Deepak Gautam, the Principal of Apex School, Tek Bahadur Thapa, District Education Officer of Rupandehi was honored as the chief guest. The programme saw the presence of various distinguished guests, including Ms. Bindu Bhandari, the Asia Regional Officer for COP in my city, Senior journalist and social activist Mr. Dilip Bhattarai, School Inspector of Manigram Resource Center, Mr. Chanda Bahadur Thapa, and the Asian Community Manger for Climates, Mr. Deepak Ghimire, among many other personalities.

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The simulation conference was started by chairing the Representative of UN Secretary General Mr. Kismat Pachhai and theMs. Nabina Parajuli as the Representative of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretary General. The delegates in the conference were divided into three regions viz. Developed Countries, Developing Countries-A and Developing Countries-B. The representative of the UNFCCC General started the session with a warm welcome speech describing the procedure of the conference. The further sessions were led by UN Secretary General Representative. In the first round of negotiation, the delegates in the conference presented their position statements.

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When the result thus obtained was entered in a C-learn simulation, a method carried out to help the users understand the rise in global temperature and the long-term climate effects, the rise in the temperature of the earth by the year 2100 AD was obtained as 2.8 degree Celsius. Again, a negotiation was carried out, and this time, it reached just 2.5 degree Celsius. The condition was found to be much more critical at the time of negotiation, but the delegates carried out their job wonderfully to limit the rise in global temperature as just 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.

By Kismat Pachhai