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With high-level side-events, an exhibit space, and a contingent of faculty and students, the University of Maryland and the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) had a strong presence at this year’s international climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco.
The Center for Global Sustainability jointly launched Research for Climate Action (RCA) at COP22, a global network of leading academic and research institutions. This initiative seeks to connect world-class research and analytical capabilities with key decision-makers to spur action on climate change.
Donald Trump’s election raised the question of whether the U.S. will continue to be a leader on climate change and clean energy. At the international climate negotiations in Morocco today, the mood after the election is deeply uneasy.
UMD will be represented and actively driving global conversations on climate implementation and climate policy at this year’s UN climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. Building on previous COPs, UMD will be sending faculty, staff, and students to COP22 from November 7-18.
The seventh annual Inter-University Climate Change Negotiation Simulation (ICCN) hosted by the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland drew students from across the region for a unique opportunity to experience the work of international climate negotiations firsthand.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talked extensively about climate change and sustainable development issues during his visit to the University of Maryland last week for the “Do Good Generation” event.
Center experts have been active in the past weeks, participating in conversations regarding a 1.5 degrees climate target, climate modeling, and at the International Dialogue on our Global Commons hosted by the Global Environment Facility and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The summit, co-hosted by the UN secretary-general, the World Bank, the University of Maryland, and several other partners, brought together more than 700 leaders from government, business, finance, civil society, philanthropy, international institutions, as well as scientific and academic communities.
The University of Maryland hosted a public conference supporting the objectives of the Climate Action 2016 summit held in Washington, D.C. A wide range of individuals attended the forum, including UMD students and faculty, and experts from organizations involved in all aspects and scales of solving the climate challenge.