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Open letter to COP21 ministers – Higher Education Institutions & Climate Change

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Open letter to COP21 ministers – Higher Education Institutions & Climate Change

COP21 Ministers urged to partner with Universities and Colleges

The collective voice of the world’s universities and colleges will be heard at COP21 when the United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris, France during the first week of December.

A global alliance of tertiary and higher education sustainability networks, representing more than 3000 universities and colleges worldwide, today jointly issued an Open Letter urging Ministers and Governments to acknowledge and strengthen the research and education role that universities and colleges play in addressing climate change.

Signed by associations and networks on every continent, the Open Letter celebrates and confirms the critical role universities and colleges play in finding and implementing solutions towards climate change mitigation and adaptation, placing it in the context of addressing wider issues of sustainability, including social and economic policies and practices.

Addressed to COP21 Ministers and Governments the letter also calls for more specific measures to be taken such as showcasing universities and colleges as living laboratories for climate change adaptation and mitigation, increasing support for transdisciplinary learning, teaching and research approaches, and using university and college campuses and operations as a leverage agent to accelerate the transition to clean energy sources.

The Open Letter from the global alliance will be handed to COP21 General Secretary Pierre Henri Guignard on 14 October at the UNESCO Headquarters during the Higher Education for Climate Change Action Event. The event is hosted by The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative- HESI which was created by a consortium of UN entities UNESCO, UN-DESA, UNEP, Global Compact and UNU. IAU is pleased to confirm that Prof. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, IAU President will be taking part of this event.

If you represent a higher education sustainability related network (of students, institutions or staff) and wish to become a signatory of the Open Letter, please email ipatton@eauc.org.uk, john.north@grli.org or o.esteve@iau-aiu.net

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Click here to read the Open Letter

Associated university(ies) : 
United Nations University