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COP 22 Side Event: The Relevance of Green University Networks in promoting a Sustainable Future

In the lead up to the adoption of post 2015 Development Agenda, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have stepped up their efforts on sustainability, through the adoption of low carbon strategies and campus design, mainstreaming environmental sustainability across the curriculum, and engaging with community and stakeholder at all levels on priority sustainability issues.

UN Environment’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (UNEP-EETU) through the Global Universities Partnerships on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES) flagship programme, has been working with national and regional HEIs in developing and implementing national and regional Green University Networks. The functional networks of HEIs seek to incorporate environment, low carbon-climate resilience development strategies and sustainability aspects in their education, training, campus operations and enhanced student engagement.

This side event seeks to build capacity for sustainability and promote sustainable practices in Global HEIs and launch the Morocco Green University Network. This will contribute to UNEA 2/3 Resolution: Investing in human capacity for sustainable development through environmental education and training; COP 21 COP 21 Open letter addressed to Ministers and Governments (showcasing universities and colleges as living laboratories for climate change adaptation and mitigation, increasing support for trans-disciplinary learning, teaching and research approaches, and using university and college campuses and operations as a leverage agent to accelerate the transition to clean energy sources); Global Action Plan on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD); and UNFCCC Articles 11 and 12 on climate change education, training and awareness raising; and promoting and encouraging needs-based research on climate change.

Join the conversation using the hashtag #GUPES.

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