Monash University became an official Observer Organisation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2016 and has since sent annual delegations to their Conference of Parties (COP). Addressing the challenges and mitigating the consequences of climate change is an urgent priority and core focus for Monash University and we look forward to participating at COP28 in the United Arab Emirates in November 2023.

Professor Margaret Gardner AC
Climate change is one of the three key global challenges we seek to address as part of Monash University’s Strategic Plan, Impact 2030. Through our education and research, we are working to better understand the nature and effects of climate change, and to provide our staff, students, alumni and wider community with the knowledge and capabilities to ensure a better future for all. We are creating new ideas and solutions that prevent or mitigate detrimental effects and produce enhanced quality in our natural and created environments. And we are nurturing strong, enduring relationships with industry, government and other partners to provide opportunities for our research to make significant, lasting change.

In 2016, Monash was the first Australian university that made the pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030 as part of our environmental and social governance, and we are committed to the outcomes, supported by our research and education. Responding to the climate crisis requires an ongoing commitment to creating a more globally sustainable future for ourselves and for the generations to come."

– Professor Margaret Gardner AC, President and Vice-Chancellor