A&WMA Participation in the UNFCCC COP Conference of the Parties on Climate Change 

In 2017, the Air & Waste Management Association gained official observer status for the UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, the supreme decision making body for the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC).  The COP is tasked with reviewing communications and emission inventories and assessing the effects of the measures taken and the progress made in achieving the ultimate objective of the Convention.  

Having official observer status at the COP truly places A&WMA on the international stage with a presence in the room as agreements are being developed and released. While we are not in the business or position of taking a stance on climate change, having the opportunity to engage with other international associations on the topic and bring real-time, high-level communications back to our members on international policy and projects is a privilege that we will use to foster the continuation of progress on this topic, said Michele Gehring, A&WMA President. 

Thank you to the A&WMA Sections and Chapters who helped support the attendance of our delegates at COP last year: