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Global University Climate Forum

Around the world, college and university students have become increasingly concerned and vocal about climate action. This is a powerful and growing movement that has the potential to change the course of history, yet it is unclear that climate demonstrations or divestment protests will have the desired outcome of comprehensive systemic change to avoid climate disaster.


The Global University Climate Forum brings student activists together to share ideas, learn, connect, and act on the global imperative of addressing climate change.  Offered in the context of the global climate negotiations, this program challenges student teams around the world to propose ideas for local-scale projects that will yield measurable results over the course of six months.  Accepted teams become a cohort that learns together, networks, shares ideas, and contributes to a growing body of inspirational projects that demonstrate the capacity of today’s youth to lead and have an impact.

The Knowledge Sector

 In 2020, we accepted nearly 600 students in 134 teams from 44 countries to participate in a year-long program in advance of COP26. The final reports of the students who complete the full program are featured in the online publication, The Knowledge Sector: The role of Higher Education Institutions in addressing Global Environmental Challenges. With a foreword by Patricia Espinosa and Next Steps by Christiana Figueres, the current and previous Executive Secretaries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in addition to showcasing the activities and remarkable contributions of the students of the Global University Climate Forum, this important publication showcases how we can and should rely on universities to research,


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Why was the Forum created and what's its scope

Our history

When was the Forum founded

People and Partners

Who makes the Forum happen

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