09.11.2012 - ODG

India: Director-General Inaugurates UNESCO Chair in Climate Science and Policy

© UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman -Ceremonial lamp lighting ceremony at the inauguration of the UNESCO Chair in Climate Science and Policy at TERI University, India, November 2012.

© UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman -Director-General with Vice-Chancellor of TERI University, India, November 2012.

Students and faculty gathered at TERI University in New Delhi for the inauguration of a UNESCO Chair in Climate Science and Policy on 9 November 2012.

Inaugurating the Chair with the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Leena Srivastava, the Director-General affirmed that “sustainability requires multi-disciplinarity, it calls for connecting knowledge with policy and strengthening the science-policy interface”.

The Chair, to be held by Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, will build capacity and share knowledge to develop solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation. The Director-General also stressed the importance of building deeper convergence between the climate change and biodiversity agendas.

In accepting the Chair, Professor Ramanathan formulated his concerns in four questions: Is humanity’s interaction with nature sustainable? Is our knowledge about skills advancing enough to lessen environmental impact? How will South Asia look in a two to four degree warming world and how is it prepared for this? How many cities in South Asia are prepared to deal with major events like Hurricane Sandy?  As Chair holder, Professor Ramanathan pledged to further engage scientific discourse on these issues and to develop actions that can be implemented in the field.

Inaugurated in 1998, TERI University works at the cutting edge of global research on science for sustainability and runs an inter-disciplinary Masters programme in Climate Science and Policy. In his capacity as Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the University’s Chancellor Dr Rajendra Pachauri shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with U.S. Vice-President Al Gore.

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