Open Letter to COP21 Ministers and Governments

On behalf of a global alliance of tertiary, higher education and student sustainability networks, associations and institutions.

About this initiative

The collective voice of the world’s universities, colleges and students needs to be heard at COP21 when the United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris, France during the first week of December.

A global alliance of tertiary and higher education sustainability and student networks and associations developed the Open Letter shown below. This "network of networks" was inspired by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative.

The Open Letter


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The global alliance signatories - Networks and Associations

  • AISHE Network - Niko Roorda, Chair
  • Alianza de Redes Iberoamericanas de Universidades por la Sustentabilidad y el Ambiente (ARIUSA) - Orlando Sáenz, Coordinator
  • Asia Pacific University Consortium on Environment for Sustainable Development - Mario Tabucanon, Chair
  • Association for promoting sustainability in campuses and communities (APSCC) - Nandhivarman Muthu, General Secretary
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - Meghan Fay Zahniser, Executive Director
  • Association of Colleges (AOC) - Martin Doel, Chief Executive
  • Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) - Leanne Denby, President
  • Campus Responsables - Pauline Pingusson, Program Manager
  • Campus Sustainability Network Japan (CAS-net Japan) - Takayuki Nakamura, Executive Director
  • Canadian College and University Environmental Network (CCUEN) - Linda Skilton, Co-Chair
  • Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) - Jason Reeves, Policy and Communications Manager
  • Collectif pour l’Integration de la Responsabilite Societale et du developpment durable dans l’Enseignement Superieur (CIRSES) - Clara Doly-Tacconi, President
  • China Green University Network - Hongwei Tan, Secretary General
  • Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (F) - Jean-Christophe Carteron, Representative
  • COPERNICUS Alliance, European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development - Clemens Mader, President
  • Costa Rican Network of Sustainable Educational Institutions (REDIES) - Manrique Arguedas Camacho,
  • Daugavpils University, Baltic and Black Sea Consortium in educational research - Ilga Salite, professor
  • Democracy Watch Mauritius - Michael Atchia, Member
  • Dickinson College, Center for Sustainability Education - Neil Leary, Director
  • English Learning for Sustainability Alliance (ELSA) - Stephen Martin, Director
  • Entrepreneurship Educators' Association of the Philippines (ENEDA) - Eunice Mareth Q. Areola, Adviser
  • Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) - Robert Belfield, Chair
  • Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities - Rodrigo Lozano, Representative
  • Environmental Policy Forum - Will Pope, Chair
  • Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) - Daniel Schaffer, CEO
  • Global Business School Network (GBSN) - Guy Pfeffermann, Founder & CEO
  • Global Organisational Learning and Development Network (GOLDEN) for Sustainability - Maurizio Zollo, Academic Director
  • Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) - Wu Jiang, Chair
  • Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) - Dennis Hanno, Chair
  • Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) - Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor
  • Institute of Fisheries Management - Peter Spillett, President
  • Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) - Adam Donnan, Chief Executive Officer
  • International Association Of Universities (IAU) - Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, President
  • International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) - Zena Harris, Secretariat
  • Environmental Planning and Education Network - Bela Munkacsy, President
  • Intentional Endowments Network - Georges Dyer, Principal
  • Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA) - Alberto Zapater, Executive Director
  • Lifewatchgroup - Gabriela Kaplan, President
  • Mediterranean Universities Network (MedUnNET) - Michael Scoullos, Chairman
  • National Union of Students (NUS) - Piers Telemacque, Vice President for Society and Citizenship
  • Net Impact UIowa - Sophia Finster, president
  • netzwerk n e.V. - Johannes Geibel, CEO
  • New Jersey Higher Education Partnership For Sustainability - Shana S. Weber, President
  • Nordic Sustainable Campus Network (NSCN) - Meri Löyttyniemi, Chair
  • North American Association for Environmental Education - Judy Braus, Executive Director
  • Oikos - Anita Negri, President
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium - Josh Hooper, Executive Director
  • PlanTEA -Environmental Education Treaty Network - Moema Viezzer, Coordinator
  • PREPARE network (Preventive Environmental Approaches in Europe) - Peter Glavic, Secretary General
  • PRME Chapter UK & Ireland - Carole Parkes, Chair
  • RAUS-Red Ambiental de Universidades Sostenibles (Sustainable Universities environmental network). - Carmen Cecilia Noguera C., President
  • Red Colombiana de Formación Ambiental (RCFA) - Jhoniers Guerrero Erazo, President
  • Red de Indicadores de Sostenibilidad en las Universidades (RISU) - Javier Benayas, Coordinator
  • Red de la Revista Iberoamericana Universitaria en Ambiente, Sociedad y Sustentabilidad (Red AMBIENS) - Fredy Lopez-Perez, Editor/Co-ordinator
  • Red Nacional de Formación e Investigación Ambiental (REDFIA) - Germán I. Rodríguez Arana, Co-ordinator
  • Ronneby green party - Nils-Erik Mattsson, Representative
  • rootAbility representing Green Office Movement - Felix Spira, Executive Director
  • Society for the Environment  (SocEnv) - Emma Wilcox, CEO
  • South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition - Mairi S. Kershaw, Chair - ELSA rep.
  • Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) - Marcia McKenzie, Director
  • TH Global Sustainable Development Foundation - Tarja Halon, Pesident
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development - Debra Rowe, President
  • UNICA, Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe - Stavros Zenios, President
  • United Religions Initiative - Victor Kazanjian, Executive Director
  • Universities UK - Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive
  • University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) - Daniella Tilbury, Director

Institutional representatives - endorsements received

Benoît Frund, Vice-Rector, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Nadia Ben Sellam, oordinator, UNCCD Media Network -REJALDD for the Fight against Desertification, Morocco
Richard A. Miller, Director, Office of Environmental Policy, University of Connecticut, United States
ASHER NAZIR, Executive Secretary, Peace Center Lahore Pakistan, Pakistan
John M. Dunn, President, Western Michigan University, United States
Thomas FROEHLICHER, Director General and Dean, KEDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL, France
Dr. Linda Skilton, Dean/Principal, School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fleming College, Canada
Brian Rosenberg, President, Macalester College, United States
Kaisu Sammalisto, Dean for sustainable development, University of Gävle, Sweden
maryam adel elsayed, master degree student in productivity and quality institute, productivity and quality institute, Arab academy for science and technology and maritime transport, Egypt
Mercia Andrews, Country coordinator, Rural Women Assembly, South Africa
Elmira Mangum, President, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, United States
Tamar Burton, Head of Community, Tradepal, United States
Sara Deifilia Ladrón de Guevara González, Lázaro Rafael Sánchez Velásquez, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
Grant Anderson, Environmental Manager, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
Nicola Hogan, Space, Environmental and Sustainability Officer, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom
Jennifer G. Kleindienst, Sustainability Director, Wesleyan University, United States
Prof Romeela Mohee, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
Dr Anna Kalinowska, Director of University Centre for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, The University of Warsaw, University Centre for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Poland
Loick Roche, Directeur GEM, par délégation du Président de la CCI J. Vaylet., Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), France
Paul FRIEDEL, Director, TELECOM Bretagne, France
bam bahadur dhungal, directeur, impressions à creative design, Nepal
badr benameur, director, inpt rabat, Morocco
Dr Jean CLAUDE AUTREY, PRESIDENT, Mauritius Academy of SCIENCE &TECH, Mauritius
Paul Luzuriaga, Rector, Universidad Del Pacifico, Ecuador
Miren Onaindia, General Coordinator, UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Education. University of the Basque Country, Spain
Janet Swadling, Acting Chief Executive, SRUC, United Kingdom
Claudia Mac-lean, Claudia Mac-lean, University of Chile, Chile
Anthony Lokosu, President, Voluntary Workcamps Association of Nigeria, Nigeria
Asher Nkegbe, Regional Director/UNCCD NFP, Environmental protection Agency, Ghana
Professor T.A. Adebayo, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, PMB. 4000, Ogbomoso, Nigeria., Nigeria
Josefina Takahashi, Chancellor, Josefina Takahashi, Peru
Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom
Walter Wilfredo Ochoa Yupanqui, oordinador, Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga, Peru
Homero Ango Aguilar, Rector, Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga, Peru
Dr. Hermes Roberto Mosqueira Ramirez, Rector of the University, University of Cajamarca, Peru
Aytakin Asgarova, MASS student, Ramapo College of New Jersey, United States
Eftichios Sartzetakis, Vice-Rector, University of Macedonia's Environmental Management Unit, Greece
Ashwani Vasishth, Director, Center for Sustainability, Ramapo College of New Jersey, United States
Ricardo Bravo Méndez, Dean Marine Sciences Faculty, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile
Professor Mark Ormerod, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Keele University, United Kingdom
Janet Swadling, Acting Chief Executive, Scotland's Rural College, United Kingdom
Ashley Wheaton, Principal, The College of Estate Management, United Kingdom
Alvaro del Campo Parra Lara, Vicerrector Académico, Universidad AUtónoma de Occidente, Colombia
Alexander Bassen, Director, Kompetenzzentrum Nachhaltige Universität / Cernter for a Sustainable University (KNU), Universität Hamburg, Germany
Sergio Balarezo Saldana, Rector (President), Universidad de Piura – UDEP, Peru
Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester, United Kingdom
Prof Daniella Tilbury, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Paul FRIEDEL, Director, TELECOM Bretagne, France
Ysr Murthyr, Vice Chancellor, O. P. Jindal Global University, India
Prof Tale Omole, Vice Chancellor, obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Dr Regina Mzime Ndebele-Murisa, Deputy Dean, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
Romain SOUBEYRAN, Director, MINES Paristech, France
Dr. Justine Muhoro Nyaga, Lecturer, Embu University College, Kenya, Kenya
Prof Tale Omole, Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Jenny Lay-Kumar, PhD candidate, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
Prof. Arjen E.J. Wals, Chair, UNESCO Chair Social Learning & Sustainable Development, Netherlands
Moritz Lamparter, Head of Students Union, AStA University of Hamburg, Germany
Pascal Ray, Director, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France
Catherine LEBLANC, Dean, ESSCA - Ecole de Management, France
Daniel BOULNOIS, Directeur, Mines Douai, France
Esteban V. Horna, President, Universidad Le Cordon Bleu, Peru
Charles Cho, Director: Center of Excellence for Management & Society, ESSEC Business School, France
Humberto Llempén Coronel, Rector, Universidad Señor de Sipán, Peru
Joachim Hahn, Dean, Basic Sciences Division, Universidad del Norte, Colombia
Michael J. Page, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Bentley University, United States
Mario Caldeira, Dean - ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Jeffrey Unerman, Head of the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom
Yilmaz Argüden, Founder, Argüden Governance Academy, Turkey