New UNESCO Chair on climate science at TERI univ: Statement
In a landmark announcement, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today officially launched the UNESCO Chair on 'Climate Science and Policy' at TERI University.
An official statement said it was aimed at promoting knowledge dissemination, technology development, transfer, and information sharing on climate science and on related policy issues.
The UNESCO Chair was officially launched by the UNESCO Director General, Ms Irina Bokova. The distinguished guests present at the event included Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parme, Special Envoy on Natural Resources at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prof V Ramanathan, Director, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Dr Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences.
The Chair will give TERI University an opportunity to establish a leading programme in climate science studies, training and research, catering to needs not only in India but also globally.
In appreciation of TERI University, Ms Irina Bokova, said, 'TERI University works at the cutting edge of global science and policy. The University tag line - 'an institution of constructive inquiry' - is very inspiring and encouraging as a driving force for people. The University is playing a key role in addressing issues pertaining to sustainability, which require a multidisciplinary approach.'She also stated that UNESCO has been closely associated with TERI on the SEARCH Project and Green Olympiad, and that the UNESCO Chair is another great step forward in taking the association further.' TERI University seeks to strengthen the design and delivery of its new programme in climate science and policy and also boost research in different domains of climate science and policy. It will also strive in facilitating collaboration between internationally recognised researchers and teaching staff of the university and other institutions, particularly within India as well as in Asia, Europe and North America.
TERI University has already tied up with various global universities for being partners in the UNESCO Chair. This includes Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Yale Climate and Energy Institute, USA.