Meet Your IFMSA Delegation to COP20

In only a few days from now, we will be leaving our homes to go to Lima, Peru, to attend the 20th Conference of Parties, also known as COP20.

The COPs, organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), are the supreme decision-making bodies that regulate the work of the UNFCCC with the overall objective of acting on climate change and regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

COP20 is held in Lima, Peru, and will start on December 1st, only to finish on December 12th. During those two very busy weeks, the IFMSA Delegation will work with its partners, such as the World Health Organization, the Global Climate and Health Alliance, and YOUNGO, to ensure health stays on the climate agenda. But we will get to our strategy later on…

For now, we would firstly like to introduce you the delegation!


Claudel P-Desrosiers
Claudel currently sits on the board of the IFMSA as the vice-president for external affairs. She is from Montreal, Canada, but currently spends her time in Geneva. She became interested in climate change and health the first month she got into medical school, and her interest has only grown ever since. A few years in, she has given several workshop and trainings sessions, and has represented the IFMSA at the 1st ever World Health Organization Conference on Climate and Health in August 2014. She is very excited to be leading the IFMSA delegation and is looking forward connecting with the youth and other organizations during COP!

Maria Jose (Majo) Cisneros
Majo is a 4th year student from the Universidad Internacional del Ecuador. She works as an Official in IFMSA as the regional coordinator for the Americas. Majo first became interested in global health and climate change when she attended training sessions given by IFMSA “Think Global” Initiative. Since then she has become motivated not only to make climate change a health issue but to help our leaders see the whole picture.

Joel Rodriguez
Joel is a 4th year student from the Universidad Católica De Santa María in Peru, and has recently been elected as national president of APEMH-Peru. Joel has been interested in climate change since he was a small boy, and conducted many science fair projects dedicated to the issue of global warming. Joel is keen to discuss and debate topics with people from around the world to help come up with some solutions.

Mark Hayes
Mark is a 3rd year student from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Mark has been interested in climate change and health since attending conference held by Doctors for the Environment Australia in 2013. Mark hopes to work at galvanizing medical and humanitarian organisations from around the world toward a global response to the health impacts of climate change.

Hangout with us!

Meet IFMSA COP20 Delegation 2Finally but not least, the delegation invites you to a hangout session on Sunday November 23rd at 2pm gmt. If you are interested in hearing more about COP20; the UNFCCC negotiations processes; the strategy and priorities of the Delegation and how to get involved even thought you can’t make it to Lima; or if you are just looking for a general discussion about climate change; this is your chance.

We are looking forward to discuss and exchange ideas with you, your input will be extremely useful! In between, if you have any questions, please email us at[email protected].

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