On the 12th of April, members of the GAUC Organizing Committee (OC) gathered online for the first GAUC Organizing Committee Meeting of 2022. The meeting aims to align GAUC’s annual strategy among member universities, to further pool the collective strength of higher education in addressing climate change.
The Sixth Assessment Report on the Mitigation of Climate Change, published earlier this April by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), makes it clearer than ever that the window of opportunity to achieve the 1.5C -2C temperature increase limitation is rapidly closing. At the 2nd Universities for Glasgow Commitments organized this February, in which GAUC participated with universities’ networks around the world, the COP26 President Alok Sharma raised a key question: what are the practical ways that universities can support state and non-state actors in meeting their (climate) commitments?
Considering the emergency of climate change challenges, in 2022, GAUC is dedicated to contributing to the building of the network of networks, accelerating high education’s collective endeavor in tackling climate change, and facilitating the success of COP27.
Three out of the five main working areas of GAUC were identified to be the main focus areas, namely joint research, campus action and talent cultivation, thus building on the outcomes that GAUC achieved in 2021, including the Academic Conference led by LSE, the Campus Decarbonization Workshop initiated by the University of Tokyo, and the Global Youth Summit on Net-zero Future (Climate x Summit) led by the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London with strategic partnership with the COP26 Universities Network (the now UK Universities Climate Network). The Climate x Summit, which convened support from all GAUC member universities, presented 30 events in total and attracted over 1.25 million global participants.
At the meeting, attendees exchanged their expectations and suggestions regarding GAUC’s annual plan. After the meeting, a survey was also sent out to OC members at each of GAUC’s 15 member universities, in order to pool an even wider input from the GAUC member universities and to better advance the collective strength of the alliance.
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