U21 Deepens Commitment to Climate Action

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Universitas 21 has recently become a Signatory to the CANIE Accord, a public commitment to climate action that was developed in consultation with leaders from international education peak bodies, associations, higher education institutions, university networks, media, national governments, corporations, supranational bodies, scholarship bodies, and more. The CANIE Accord, and accompanying Glasgow Paper, represent the international education sector’s climate ambitions and commitment to align with scientific recommendations and global climate agreements.  By becoming a Signatory to the CANIE Accord, Universitas 21 (U21) is strengthening and accelerating the international education sector’s collective response to the climate crisis.  

Jenny Dixon, U21 Provost, said ‘U21 is a unique global network that brings together 29 world-leading, research-intensive universities committed to the value of collaboration and internationalisation. Many of our programmes are centred around climate action and sustainability. 

The U21 secretariat is proud to become a signatory to the CANIE Accord. It closely aligns with the recently published U21 Commitment to Sustainability outlining the network’s core values and principles relating to sustainability and the environment. By signing the CANIE Accord, we reaffirm our mission to empower the next generation of leaders and commitment to strengthening our positive impact in the world, through individual and collective action’.

The Climate Action Network for International Educators (CANIE) is a volunteer grassroots initiative formed by international education practitioners from around the world who see the need and opportunity for the sector to take bold climate action. Through open-access resources, specialised events, networking and information sharing, CANIE aims to mobilise the full power of the international education community to address our contribution to the climate crisis. 

‘’I applaud U21 for showing such leadership in our sector’s transition to more climate-conscious operations,” said CANIE President of the Board, Ainslie Moore. “By signing up to the CANIE Accord, international education leaders commit to real, practical action to combat global temperature rise and, crucially, to doing so in a way that is grounded in social justice.’’ 

CANIE activities include Climate Action Week, a global summit held annually in November in conjunction with the United Nations global climate talks.  CANIE’s robust network of volunteers also work to address the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis through an active Climate Justice working group, they produce the informative CANIE Climate Dialogues podcast, Climate Action Catalyst Newsletter, and curate an open-access resource library.  

About the Climate Action Network for International Educators (CANIE) 

CANIE is a catalyst for climate action in the international education sector that concentrates efforts on action-oriented advocacy, education, and connection.  For more information, visit www.canie.org.  Follow CANIE on  Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook

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