Durham is home to world-leading research including work on how to address climate change. Read on to find out how colleagues are tackling one of the biggest challenges facing our planet, how we are sharing knowledge globally, and how we are educating tomorrow's world changers.
Our research is helping to solve the challenges of an ever-changing and complex world – and inspiring the next generation of problem-solvers. We have been directly involved in Conferences of Parties (COPs) since 2021, under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and in Meetings of Parties under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Even before then, our researchers were actively engaged in important research and projects on climate change.
We take the responsibility that comes with its observer status seriously and we are sending six delegates to COP28. We were awarded official observer status at COP26 and since then, we have sent a delegation to the Conference of Parties.
Ghulam Mustafa Kamran is a Research Associate at our Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy. He is pursuing an LLM from Durham Law School.
Our official UNFCCC side event
We have organised an official UNFCCC side event at COP28 in partnership with the Centre for International Law National University of Singapore, Climate Markets & Investment Association and the Global Ethical Finance Initiative.
We continue to see a range of global challenges brought about by issues that we need to tackle together. Climate change, energy use, sustainable living and disease are just some of the many world-changing areas that we need to focus on now to help make a positive long-term difference.
We offer a wide range of programmes, covering many subject areas which help our students become global leaders of change.
We’re always developing new ways of thinking to shape a better future for people and our planet, and we’ve been recognised as one of the top universities in the world for taking action to address the most pressing Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) challenges facing society today.