In response to the Tsinghua Initiative, MIT Cambridge and other eight universities jointly launched the World University Climate Change Alliance

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 In response to the Tsinghua Initiative, MIT Cambridge and other eight universities jointly launched the World University Climate Change Alliance


China Daily Network, Jan. 24, Jan. 23, at the 2019 World Economic Forum, Tsinghua University initiated and invited the London School of Political Economy, Australian National University, University of California, Cambridge, Imperial College of Technology, MIT, Tokyo University and other famous universities to discuss the historical responsibilities of top universities in the process of tackling global climate change.

The participating universities decided to jointly launch the World University Climate Change Alliance in response to the Tsinghua Initiative. This is an innovative measure initiated and promoted by Chinese universities to build a global ecological civilization, build a community of human destiny and lead the global cooperative action on climate change.

Qiu Yong, chairman of the conference and President of Tsinghua University, said, To meet the common challenge of human beings, global climate change, first-class universities should take the first-class role. By launching this alliance, Tsinghua hopes to build a global platform for cooperation, to play a leading role in the global response to climate change by giving full play to the advantages of universities in terms of knowledge, philosophy, culture, science and technology in the wave of bottom-up and positive action from all walks of life.

Professor Dame Minouche Shafik, co-chair of the conference and President of the London School of Political Economics, said that Tsinghua Universitys initiative was timely and important. First-class universities took the lead and mobilized more universities to work together effectively to combat climate change. The meeting initially discussed the Alliances mission and scope of work in promoting the response to global climate change.

It was decided that a high-level working meeting would be held in Tsinghua in April to further define the specific arrangements of the Alliances constitution, organizational framework and action plan. Lord Nicholas Stern, a professor at the London School of Economics and a renowned climate economist, gave an academic report to the conference. Robert Orr, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Climate Change, and Emily Farnworth, Head of Climate Change Issues of the World Economic Forum, participated as invited guests.

Source: responsible editor of China Daily: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541