If you want to be the first to find out news about the upcoming UN climate change summit, following these Twitter accounts is a great start.
With the Paris Agreement set to be signed in New York on Friday, COP21 is about to become old news. In November this year, the United Nations will meet in Marrakesh, Morocco, for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22).
Last year’s summit in Paris was a huge milestone in the world’s effort to launch a global response to climate change. But COP22 is where things will start to get really interesting, because the focus is now shifting towards implementing actual solutions.
**You can now subscribe to this handy Twitter list which includes these accounts in one timeline**
If you haven’t come across the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change before then allow us to introduce you – they’re pretty important.
The UNFCCC is the United Nations secretariat in charge of all things climate change. Their objective is to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”
Their Twitter account is great to follow for climate change stories and up to date COP22 news.
Okay, so this one may seem obvious but following COP22 on Twitter isn’t as straightforward as you might think!
Last week the Daily Planet reported there was a spoof COP22 account that was pretending to be the official account, and also an inactive account claiming the @COP22 handle – which has now been certified by Twitter as the official account.
3. Christiana Figueres
Christiana Figueres is the top dog at UNFCCC and played a key role in the Paris negotiations. Although she is stepping down at the end of July, we’re sure she’ll still be very involved with COP22. Until the new executive secretary is chosen make sure you’re following her for climate change stories, breaking news and the odd selfie!
Figueres is also running a social media campaign to find out what the Paris Agreement means to people like you. Find out how you can get involved in this Daily Planet article.
4. Patricia Espinosa
Meet Christiana Figueres’ successor, Mexico’s former foreign minister and currently ambassador to Germany Patricia Espinosa.
Espinosa is mainly tweeting in Spanish at the moment, but we’re sure that will change when she takes over the helm at the UNFCCC in August.
5. Hakima El Haité
Hakima El Haité is the minister in charge of environment in Morocco. As COP22 host, she will be pivotal in the run up to the conference.
She is trilingual and tweets in a combination of French, Arabic and English. Following El Haité is also a way to get the latest Daily Planet stories, such as our article about why Marrakesh will be more important than Paris.
6. Laurence Tubiana
French economist and diplomat Laurence Tubiana was a lead negotiator at COP21 and was crowned the climate champion of the Paris Agreement. In this role she she has been put in charge of keeping the momentum generated by the agreement going until November – after COP22 – when the Moroccans will appoint the new climate champion.
7. Salaheddine Mezouar
Salaheddine Mezouar has been appointed the official COP22 president. Mezouar has been Morocco’s foreign affairs minister since October 2013 and previously headed the industry, trade and ‘restructuring of the economy’ ministry.
Currently Mezouar isn’t very active on Twitter but we expect this will change as we get closer to the conference in November.
You can also meet the rest of his COP22 team here.
We may be a bit biased here, but Climate-KIC and the Daily Planet are really excited for COP22 and will be sharing stories in the run up to Marrakesh via @ClimateKIC.
The Daily Planet was launched originally in Paris during COP21 with a special daily newsletter.
UPDATE: We added Patricia Espinosa when she was announced as the successor to Christiana Figueres at the UNFCCC on 3 May 2016.
UPDATE2: We added Salaheddine Mezouar when he was announced as the official COP22 president.