31 January 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast has been admitted as an observer organisation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
USC Lecturer in Environmental Economics and Climate Change Mitigation Graham Ashford said the University would contribute to international efforts to advance the science of climate change, collaborate on measures to adapt to projected impacts and help form an international greenhouse gas abatement policy framework.
“The UNFCCC’s annual meeting is the pre-eminent international event for organisations working in the field of climate change and an excellent venue for USC to share its research and establish partnerships,” Mr Ashford said.
“It’s where high-level policy dialogue occurs, including negotiating global emissions targets and contributing to the shared objective of avoiding irreversible damage to our natural and human systems.”
USC became one of 78 new non-government organisations from around the world admitted as ongoing observers during the 18th session of the UNFCCC conference held in Qatar in December.
Mr Ashford said USC was working in three main areas of climate change: mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions); adaptation (managing expected impacts); and science (increasing knowledge of how climate conditions and ecosystems will change).
“The University is regularly asked to share its expertise, including undertaking research for local councils and providing training for the United Nations Environment Program, and our Masters of Climate Change and PhD graduates are taking up important management roles around the world,” he said.
“Receiving observer status is international recognition of the quality of USC’s teaching, research and capacity building in the field of climate change.”
— Julie Schomberg