From Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action
14 Oct 2015 , Paris, UNESCO Headquarters

The HESI was created by a consortium of UN entities (UNESCO, UN-DESA, UNEP, Global Compact and UNU) in the run up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20).

In advance of the XXI Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21), HESI will organize an event to take stock of progress made since Rio+20 by sharing best practices and lessons learned, discuss the roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions in business and technological innovations around climate change adaptation and mitigation and encourage new or enhanced commitments by HESI members, particularly around the facilitation of academic and scientific inputs into the formulation of climate policies and compose a message and a set of policy recommendations to be presented to the UNFCC Secretariat at COP21.

Join the Higher Education Sustainbility Initiative community

Join and enjoy the benefits of the HESI network by committing to 1) Teach sustainable development across all disciplines of study, 2) Encourage research and dissemination of sustainable development knowledge, 3) Green campuses and Support local sustainability efforts, and 4) Engage and share information with international networks.


In preparing for the event, UN-DESA is preparing a Progress report on the impact of Higher Education institutions in advancing sustainable development and climate change. Contributions from higher education institutions part of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative are sought, in responding to the following questions:

  • What initiatives has your higher education institution taken towards making progress towards climate change action, in terms of teaching, research, outreach, or greening campuses?

Submissions should be limited to 500 words, written in a narrated format, and be related to specific plans and initiatives towards climate change action. Deadline 1 October 2015.

Submit your inputs to us here (Subject: HESI Contributions).
United Nations