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COP26 engagement: opportunities bulletin

Stay tuned for the latest opportunities to get involved with climate initiatives around the world 

Higher education plays a crucial role in tackling climate change. The academic leaders, researchers, and advocates across our diverse membership are driving change for communities big and small.

Our members’ voices matter. That is why, on the road to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), we are working to connect our members with a range of international COP-related activities across the globe. We are proud to support and encourage our members to reinforce and demonstrate their commitments to climate action – both on campus and beyond.

If you work, teach, or study at a university, there are many ways you can get involved with COP and demonstrate your commitment to climate action. Current opportunities within and outside the ACU are displayed in the sections below. This page will be updated on a rolling basis, so be sure to check back regularly for the latest updates.

Current opportunities at the ACU 

Communications campaigns 

  • Download the #UnisForOurPlanet campaign toolkit and share how your university is tackling climate change
  • Join #OurClimatePledge - organised by the Chevening, Marshall, Commonwealth and Fulbright scholarship programmes - by sharing how you plan to take climate action

Networks 

  • Join the Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network (CCRN)

External engagement 

  • Submit a COP26-related event proposal for consideration in the official pre-COP calendar

External opportunities  

Initiatives 

  • Join the Race to Zero for universities and colleges 
  • Access the IAU's Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) Portal

Networks

  • Join the Second Nature Climate Leadership Network
  • Submit a profile to be listed in the COP26 Universities Network climate change expert database
  • Join the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC)
  • Join the Adaptation Research Alliance Working Groups
  • Join the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Regional Chapters

Toolkit/resources 

  • Access the UNEP Little Book of Green Nudges for universities
  • Access the Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Higher Education (EAUC) HE Climate Action Toolkit

Events

  • Register to attend the UNFCCC Africa Regional Climate Week (September dates TBC)

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