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Webinar | Role of universities in building long term climate capacities
August 29, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+6
Date: 31 August 2021
As efforts to implement the Paris Agreement move forward, it is crucial to consider how the existing climate capacity building pattern can be changed so that funding earmarked for capacity building constitutes not just disparate expenditures without lasting effect, but investments that build local capacities for decades and generations to come. Universities are tested institutions on education, training, public awareness, research and technology development. They have a ripple effect across all segments and sectors, reaching students (through curricula) to supplying graduates and experts, thought leaders and policy makers. Even the small LDCs have at least one university, with a certain level of multi-and-interdisciplinary expertise across disciplines, including environmental science and natural resource management. Together with mainstreaming climate change education, universities also can offer semester-long certificate programmes for stakeholders including government officials and NGO/private sector leaders. However, universities, particularly in Least Developed Countries (LDC) still face barriers which hinder the smooth transition of knowledge from generation to generation. In the road up to COP26, it is crucial to share best practices and identify response actions to bridge capacity building gaps and needs for sustainable solutions.
This virtual workshop will focus on:
(a) Role of universities in filling up the existing capacity gaps- Introducing LUCCC (LDC University Consortium on Climate Change)
(c) Sharing country cases on effective use of universities as knowledge brokers
(d) Existing barriers in preventing universities from effective capacity building
(e) Bridging capacity building gaps and needs: Fostering collaboration between universities, research institutions and other stakeholders