The International Universities Climate Alliance’s first major initiative lead by UNSW will call on world leaders to act on the climate emergency. The international coalition of top climate research universities hope to raise public awareness and inform world leaders on issues critical to climate change.

Its Declaration to G20 leaders implores world leaders to use the post-COVID recovery to implement measures to counteract climate change, warning that failure to do so will lock in catastrophic consequences for generations to come. Regional media events will be held with a panel of speakers from Asia Pacific and UK university members.

The Climate Alliance is unprecedented in scale and scope and will support world leaders, policy makers and industry in planning for, and responding to, climate change. The advent of the Climate Alliance comes at a time when momentum is building for countries to decarbonise their economies. In recent months there have been moves by various nations to fortify incremental efforts with policies and actions equal to the urgency of the situation.

The Alliance will provide a central hub for universities to share the latest climate research and enable greater collaboration between leading research teams.


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The International Universities Climate Alliance member universities span all populated continents, representing one-third of the 100 highest performing climate research universities and a quarter of the top 100 environmental research universities worldwide.

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Find out more about the International Universities Climate Alliance or take a look at the Climate Alliance Declaration to G20 Leaders.