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Surveying confidence among participants at COP27

How big is confidence in United Nations climate work among non-state actors? Suanne Segovia is conducting a large-scale survey at COP27 in Egypt.

Entrance at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Entrance at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Photo: Suanne Segovia

Suanne Segovia is PhD candidate in International Relations and Environmental Politics at the Department of Economic History and International Relations, Stockholm University. She is doing research on the intersection between international relations and environmental issues, focusing on Indigenous peoples.

During the climate summit COP27 in Egypt she participates as part of the GlocalClim project (Glocalizing Climate Governance: The role of Integrated Governance for a Just and Legitimate Adaptation to Climate Risks), which is run from Stockholm University.


Large-scale survey among observers at COP2

Suanne Segovia at COP27 in Egypt.
Suanne Segovia at COP27 in Egypt.

The GlocalClim research team at COP27 is conducting a large-scale survey among observers both online and on site. The aim is to examine the levels and sources of their confidence in the United Nations adaptation and mitigation regime. Moreover, Suanne Segovia has conducted interviews for her PhD project on the participation and beliefs of indigenous peoples in the United Nations climate change regime

“During the first week of COP27, we have been distributing the GlocalClim survey, which asks non-state actors their perceptions about justice and legitimacy at the climate governance processes in the UNFCCC and differences between mitigation and adaptation areas. Over 100 people belonging to women, youth, environmental organisations, Indigenous peoples, trade unions, farmers and business organisations have responded to our survey”, says Suanne Segovia.


Second edition of the survey

Indigenous peoples protesting at COP27
Indigenous peoples protesting at COP27. Photo: Suanne Segovia

This year is the second edition of the survey. Along with the data from COP26, the researchers expect the new results to further the knowledge about whether and how justice perceptions of non-state actors influence their legitimacy perceptions towards climate governance.

She has also conducted semi-structured interviews and informal conversations with indigenous peoples to understand their confidence in political institutions.

“This empirical evidence will inform my doctoral thesis that develops a theory unpacking different environmental justice dimensions to explain Indigenous peoples' confidence levels in adaptation governance institutions”, says Suanne Segovia.

Read article from February 2022 on GlocalClim: Aiming for fair climate adaptation

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