Darcy Gilligan: UNFCCC delegate

La Trobe University's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' is proud to announce that Bachelor Of Arts/Bachelor of Laws student, Darcy Gilligan, 20, was recently nominated by Global Voices as one of only 13 student delegates across the country to attend the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, or the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference.

Darcy will be attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) between 8 – 25 November in Warsaw, Poland. In preparation for the UNFCCC, Darcy was exposed to many exciting new experiences throughout August, including an opportunity to meet with many of Australia's leaders in Canberra, namely:

  • A private meeting with former Foreign Minister, President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group, and Chancellor of the Australian National University, The Honourable Gareth Evans AC QC;
  • A joint private meeting with the Secretary to the Treasury, Dr Martin Parkinson, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms Gillian Bird, in the Treasury Executive Conference Room;
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament House with the Chair of Global Voices and former federal MP, The Honourable Peter Lindsay;
  • Visits to the relevant Government Department and the Embassy of the country to which delegates will be travelling; and
  • A special luncheon in the private Members & Guests Dining Room of Parliament House.

In Poland, Darcy is expected to be challenged and ultimately inspired to want to make a difference when he returns. You can follow Darcy's progress along with the other 12 delegates via Global Voices Twitter and Facebook pages.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (or UNFCCC) is a global mechanism that aims to provide an intergovernmental platform to mitigate the effects of climate change globally. Membership is almost universal across the world with 194 countries listed as members of the UNFCCC.

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