RUS at COP28

COP28, the 28th edition of the Conference of the Parties, will be held from November 30th to December 12th in Dubai, UAE. At COP28, the different countries of the United Nations come together to discuss how to take action to achieve the collective climate goals agreed under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Check out the full calendar of events on the MASE website - Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security

This year RUS will be attending to COP28 with two "side events" on December 8th and December 9th.


December 8th 2023 13:30 - 15:00 (Dubai local time, +3CET) - "Blue Zone" - Italy Pavilion

The role of universities in the process of decarbonization of urban areas

Event organized by Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS)

In addition to the presentation of decarbonization guidelines developed by the RUS Network, during the roundtable the representatives of RUS universities will present ongoing collaborations among universities, local governments, and stakeholders in the decarbonization process of urban areas.


  • Introduction
  • The Italian Universities network for Sustainable development (RUS) and the decarbonization guidelines prepared by the RUS Climate Change working group
  • Roundtable discussion on ongoing collaborations between universities, local governments, and other local stakeholders in the decarbonization process
  • Conclusions


December 9th 2023 18:30 - 20:00 (Dubai local time, +3CET) - “Blue zone” - SE Room 6

Decarbonization Ecosystems: The Impact of University Partnerships

Event coordinated by the University of Toronto

Looking at the NZE Scenario (Net Zero Emission by 2050), Universities ought not to be "ivory towers". Universities ought to - or, rather, must - relate themselves to the societies by which they are hosted and to which they contribute. A panel of ten experts will face this issue by discussing real life examples of how universities, communities, and the industry cooperate towards the goal of decarbonization. The event will also shed light towards Universities' role in the promotion of social justice, equity, and youth leadership in this process of energy transition.

The panel will also feature, among others, the University of Toronto's 46-partner decarbonization project, the Italian University Network (RUS)'s decarbonization guidelines, the Climate Leadership Network's 450+ institution decarbonization plans, and the UK Universities and U7+ Climate Network leadership initiative.

Networks and Universities involved: École Polytechnique; Northwestern University; Politecnico di Torino; Second Nature, the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) Secretariat; U7+ Alliance; Università degli Studi di Genova; Université Côte-d'Azur; Université de Montréal; University of Edinburgh; Washington University St. Louis; Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS).


  • Shatha Qaqish-Clavering, Director of the Climate Positive Energy Team, University of Toronto
  • Beth Martin, Co-Moderator of Second Nature, Washington University St. Louis
  • Erwin Franquet, Université Côte-d'Azur
  • Patricia Crifo, Director of the Smart Cities and Urban Policy Master, École Polytechnique
  • Patrizia Lombardi, RUS President, Politecnico di Torino
  • Michela Gallo, Coordinator of RUS's Climate Change Work Group, Università degli Studi di Genova
  • Paola Visconti Arizpe, Second Nature
  • Respect Musiyiwa, University of Edinburgh
  • Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya, Associate Professor, Northwestern University
  • Carmen Cucuzzella, Université de Montréal

For more information, check out the official flyer of the event.

The event will also be available online on the following livestreaming channels:

  1. (access reserved to registered conference participants)