In 2020, Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas Poon, Ph.D., announced that “LMU has taken another step in expanding our global reach and influence by receiving non-governmental official observer status by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.” U.N. observer status will allow LMU to organize delegations that enable our students and faculty to be accredited NGO participants at the annual U.N. Conference of the Parties that rotates between member countries. To read the full announcement click here.
Under the direction of Vice Provost Roberta Espinoza, Ph.D., the Office of Global-Local Affairs will lead the effort to select and support LMU faculty interested in attending the 2023 UNFCCC that will convene from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “I could not be more excited to finally activate our observer status and give LMU faculty the opportunity to engage in conversations around climate change and environmental sustainably,” said Espinoza. “I encourage faculty to submit their nomination form and wholeheartedly believe our first UNFCCC cohort will inform campus wide initiatives around climate research, action, and study.”