The International Association of Universities (IAU) selected The University of the West Indies (UWI) as its global leader in the mobilisation of research and advocacy for the achievement of a climate-smart world. The IAU designated UWI in recognition of the University’s decades of world class research on climate change and sustainable development.
At its meeting at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, France from January 28-30, the IAU received a report from Vice-Chancellor of UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, in which he commented on the honour and recognition bestowed on UWI. He recognised that UWI was selected from a field of very distinguished universities across the world that have established a track record of research around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Climate Action.
Beckles informed the gathering in Paris of some 30 university leaders and IAU officials that UWI had already selected a global cluster of universities from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania to assist in the task of achieving SDG 13. The president of IAU, Pam Fredman, noted that 16 global universities have been selected to lead on 17 of the SDGs.
UWI’s commitment to supporting the Caribbean region in the development of a culture of resilience and resilience planning as part of its Triple A Strategic Plan 2017-2022 is evidenced through a number of initiatives with global impact. In August 2018, UWI, led by Director for Development, Dr Stacy Kennedy, was selected by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, and Virgin Unite to host the launch of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, a ground-breaking initiative to support the Caribbean becoming the world’s first “climate-smart zone”