University of California at COP


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change recognized the University of California as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in 2000 to foster interaction among scientists, social scientists, and government negotiation parties to help shape international climate change policy. The original name of the NGO was University of California Revelle Program on Climate Science and Policy but in 2019 was shortened to University of California.

As an accredited observer organization to United Nations-sponsored climate policy negotiations, the University of California NGO is designed to improve communication and enhance the impact of natural and social science on the issue of global climate change. The program does not take policy positions or make policy recommendations. Rather, it endeavors to identify important scientific research relevant to policy issues and to make this science readily available, in an understandable form, to nonscientific audiences. The University of California stimulates interaction between natural scientists and researchers in the social sciences and law. It enables scientists to learn about the policy-making process and how scientific results are taken into account in deliberations, as well as to provide policy makers with timely scientific knowledge needed for those deliberations.  

The University of California NGO is led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Its primary activities are related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP), an annual U.N.-led summit on global climate change policy to which the University of California is accredited. The NGO organizes COP delegations, inclusion in which is open to students, researchers, administrators, and faculty members from all University of California campuses, and facilitates the hosting of COP side events, exhibits, and press conferences. 


Robert Monroe

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

(858) 822-4487


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