École Polytechnique has been granted observer status as a Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organization (RINGO) at the United Nations Climate Change Conferences, which take place in November each year. In this respect, École Polytechnique is represented by a delegation of students of the Master of Science & Technology in Economics for Smart Cities and Climate Policies (ESCLIP) and by Patricia Crifo, director of the MScT Esclip and head of the delegation.

Thanks to the observer status, RINGOs can be invited to be part of audience of certain debates and negotiations, and to attend or even speak at events organized by the official delegations.

Students choosing this elective course will have the opportunity to apply for being selected in the delegation.

Evaluation: Writing a personal essay / article based on topics discussed at the COP.