First Monash delegation at UN climate change summit

First Monash delegation at UN climate change summit

02 November 2016

Eight Monash staff are heading to Marrakech, Morocco for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) in our first-ever delegation.

COP22 is the main annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It brings together the Convention’s 197 governmental parties to discuss the implementation of last year’s historic Paris Agreement which sets out a global plan to combat climate change. This will commence on 4 November, after being ratified in October by more than 55 countries accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse emissions.

Tens of thousands of experts, activists and communicators from non-governmental observer organisations will also attend COP22 bringing transparency to complex intergovernmental processes. Monash has provisional admission as an observer organisation, with approval for full admission expected at COP22.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Global Engagement) and Monash UNFCCC Focal Point Professor Abid Khan noted that reaching observer status gives Monash a significant opportunity to help address the grand challenge of climate change.

“Monash has extensive climate change expertise to showcase at this globally significant, high-profile event,” Professor Khan said.

“We are all very pleased that the work undertaken with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute to accomplish observer status is coming to fruition. We look forward to gaining insights from our delegation on COP22 and opportunities for the future.”

The delegation is split into two groups. Each group will attend a week of the conference.

Week 1:

  • Professor Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Head of the Department of Architecture, in Art Design and Architecture (head of delegation).
  • Dr Alice de Jonge, an expert in corporate governance at Monash Business School.
  • Dr Naomi Godden from the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit (GLASS) in Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, who works on gender and climate change.
  • Associate Professor Alan Reid, Associate Dean of Education who is working on climate change education.

Week 2:

  • Professor Gamini Herath, from the Monash Business School in Malaysia, who works on climate change mitigation in Asia.
  • Siamak (Sam) Loni from the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, who is also the global head of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth network.
  • Dr Robyn Wilson, from the School of Science in Malaysia, who researches climate change and biodiversity.

Contact: Erica Tippett, Global Engagement

Phone: +61 (0)3 9905 2188