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One of the three priorities in UNSW’s 2025 Strategy is social engagement and improving lives through equality, diversity, open debate and economic progress. Harnessing UNSW’s intellectual capacity to deliver expert contributions through a variety of timely events has established the University as a leading centre for discussion, debate and policy on the grand challenges facing humanity.

Grand Challenges Program

UNSW aims to lead the debate and shape the public discourse on the greatest issues facing humanity. The Grand Challenges Program has been established to facilitate these critical discussions, and in the process, raise awareness of the ground-breaking research and excellent initiatives undertaken by UNSW academics, staff and students.

Climate change was chosen as the first grand challenge to be addressed. This was followed by Refugees and Migrants, Inequality, and Living with 21st Century Technology.

In 2017:

  • 65 events, projects and activities were held under the Grand Challenge banner
  • 7,500 people registered for events and activites
  • More than half of invited speakers at Grand Challenge events were female.

The UNSW Climate Change Grand Challenge has generated rigorous debate and innovative thinking, including formation of the Leadership Forum on Energy Transition.

Global Climate Change Week

Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) is a global movement that was established in 2015 and aims to encourage academic communities, including academics, students, and non-academic staff at universities; in all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change action and solutions.

Held annually in October, GCCW provides an open-ended framework for voluntary activities aimed at raising awareness, inspiring behaviour change, and driving political transformation in relation to climate policy. Multiple events were held at UNSW across the GCCW in 2017.