Monash delegation heads to preeminent global climate change summit

Monash delegation heads to preeminent global climate change summit

02 November 2017

An official Monash delegation is heading to the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Also known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23), the conference will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 17 November 2017. This is Monash’s second COP delegation.

Each year, the 197 governments that are Parties to the UNFCCC convene to hold diplomatic discussions and negotiate on all aspects of global action on climate change. The current focus is the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

COP23 will be presided by the Government of Fiji, a strong advocate for climate action given the potentially dire consequences of climate change for the Pacific Islands.

Alongside the negotiations, COP23 will include a vast program of side events and exhibits on every aspect of climate change, attracting tens of thousands of government officials, climate change experts and activists.

Monash will be represented at COP23 by eight staff and two PhD students, selected from across the university through an EOI process. The delegation reflects Monash expertise in areas as diverse as international climate change law, renewable energy generation, environmental education and history, climate change communication, and carbon capture and storage.

Dr Rowena Cantley-Smith, an expert on international and Australian environmental, climate change, and energy law at the Faculty of Law will head the delegation. “It’s exciting to be able to attend the COP23, especially with a group of colleagues representing such diverse climate change expertise,” she said. For myself and other law faculty colleagues, the insights and first-hand knowledge gained through this event will be invaluable to our legal teaching and research.”

Also heading to Bonn is Tony Fullelove, Program Director of the Monash’s exciting new Net Zero Initiative.

“COP23 is a fitting place to globally showcase one of Australia’s boldest energy transformation projects,” he said.

“It will help Monash continue establishing its international profile as a leader in environmental and social governance, as well as to cement relationships with key international partners.”

The other Monash delegates are:

  • Dr Roger Dargaville (Faculty of Engineering)
  • Dr Megan Farrelly (Faculty of Arts)
  • Dr Susie Ho (Faculty of Science)
  • Dr Vanessa Johnston (Faculty of Law)
  • Dr Ruth Morgan (Faculty of Arts)
  • Associate Professor Gerry Nagtzaam (Faculty of Law)
  • Lucy Richardson (Faculty of Arts)
  • Romesh Wijesiri (PhD student, Faculty of Engineering)

Several Monash staff will also be attending COP23 with delegations of partner institutions and governments. They are:

  • Meg Argyriou, Sharna Nolan, Dani Robertson and Aisha Renyolds (ClimateWorks Australia)
  • Dr Nicholas Chan (School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash Malaysia)
  • Associate Professor Alan Reid (Faculty of Education)

The Monash delegation is being coordinated by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Global Engagement.

Contact: Tahl Kestin