GAUC shall provide leadership to the global higher education community, promoting active participation in efforts to address climate change through research, education, and public service, working together with industry, civil society and related organizations. GAUC shall enhance public awareness and strive to build consensus for the transformation to a global and local carbon-neutral society.
Leading climate researchers have called for an acceleration in action to reduce annual global emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero during an online meeting held by the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC) on Wednesday.
On July 23, 2020, United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, gave his first address to youth around the world since the outbreak of COVID-19, during the Climate Change Global Lectures at Tsinghua University Global Summer School: Calling on all youth around the world to take active leadership in shaping the future recovery. The lecture is part of the Tsinghua University Global Summer School series, and organized by Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC). He was joined by XIE Zhenhua, Special Advisor for Climate Change Affairs of China, President of Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Tsinghua University. And Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), and Chair of the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD).
On May 28 to 29, 2019, twelve universities from Global Alliance of Universities on Climate's (GAUC) gathered at Tsinghua University, Beijing. The alliance's executive committee and academic committee meeting was held, the GAUC Charter was discussed and approved, and GAUC was formally established. Tsinghua University serves as the inaugural Chair of GAUC, with the London School of Economics and Political Science serves as the inaugural co-chair. The first Secretariat will be based at Tsinghua University for a term of four years.
On Jan. 23 2019, eight universities initiates global joint effort at Davos to tackle climate change at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of 2019. The alliance, called the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate, aims to facilitate collaboration on climate issues, further engage with stakeholders on climate, and promote higher education's best environmental practices.The founding universities include: Australian National University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Cambridge; Imperial College London; London School of Economics and Political Science; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Tokyo, and Tsinghua University