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Each year, Tufts sends a delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Through their status as observers, Tufts delegates gain important insight into the discussions that frame global climate change policy and action. Attending this event has long impacted faculty, staff, and student research. Check out the reflections from last year’s delegation at COP28 in Dubai.

We invite all Tufts students, faculty, staff, and alumni to apply. Please note that funding is not included in this opportunity. Each delegate must secure their own funds.

This initiative is facilitated by the Fletcher School, the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), and the Office of the Provost.

  • Delegates will book and pay for their own travel arrangements (visa, flight, accommodations, meals, etc.)
  • Delegates will attend a health and safety pre-departure meeting 
  • Delegates will write a blog post about the experience 

COP29 will take place November 11-22, 2024. The venue is located in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. More details about the 2024 conference can be found here. 

The Conference of the Parties (COP), is held annually, with the Presidency rotating between the five recognized UN regions.

Please note, the timeline will vary each year, depending on the conference dates. 

  • July 26 (midnight): Initial interest form is due. 
  • Early August: All interested candidates are entered into the UN system. The UN will confirm the number of delegates that Tufts may send. 
  • September 27 (midnight): Round two application is due (all candidates). 
  • Early October: Tufts Selection Committee will review applications and make final selections. 
  • Mid-October: Selected delegates are notified. 
  • Early December: Pre-Departure Health & Safety Meeting
  • Initial Solicitation Information
    • Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Passport Details 
    • Tufts Status 
    • Date of Graduation (if applicable)
    • Tufts School Affiliation
  • Phase 2 Application 
    • Please address the following questions:
      • Which elements of the conference and/or negotiations interest you most? 
      • How does attending COP contribute to your academic interests (research, courses, etc.) and how would it be related to your professional or academic background?
      • How would your participation in the delegation contribute to Tufts’ inclusion in the event and how would you contribute to the Tufts community upon your return? 
      • How do you plan to fund your trip? Will you fund your own travel? Have you secured funding? Are you currently looking for funding? If so, from whom? 
      • Which week of the two-week conference are you able to attend?