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Launch of UWI's First Global Climate-Smart Institute

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Launch of UWI's First Global Climate-Smart Institute

The new Institute was introduced during a virtual launch on Thursday, October 7. This first-of-its-kind for the Caribbean virtual hub consolidates The UWI’s research and teaching on climate change, disaster risk reduction, resilience and sustainable development. 

The Caribbean now has its own Global Institute for Climate-Smart and Resilient Development resourced by leading experts from The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and backed by high profile regional and international partner institutions—the likes of the United Nations Development Programme, Open Society Foundations and Barbados-born, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation.

The new Institute was introduced during a virtual launch on Thursday, October 7. This first-of-its-kind for the Caribbean virtual hub consolidates The UWI’s research and teaching on climate change, disaster risk reduction, resilience and sustainable development. 

Dr Stacy Richards-Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Affairs at The University of the West Indies contextualised the relevance and timing of the launch of the Institute, noting, “At a time when all eyes are on the preparations for COP 26 taking place in Glasgow next month, and the importance of multilateral cooperation, the launch of the Global Climate-Smart Institute is also a manifestation of our region's collective response and of One UWI in action”.

IAU attended the virtual launch event and congratulates UWI on this achievement.

The University of the West Indies is the Lead for SDG 13: Climate Action in the IAU HESD Cluster.

Read the full press release here: https://www.mona.uwi.edu/news/uwis-first-global-climate-smart-institute 

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goal : Life below water
Sustainable Development Goal : Climate action
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The University of the West Indies
10/25/2021