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Moravian College Attending UN Conference On Climate Change in Morocco

Moravian College is one of only six private liberal arts institutions from the U.S. selected to serve as “civil society observers.”


Bethlehem, PA, November 10, 2016—Faculty and alumni from Moravian College are attending the 22nd United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which runs from November 7-17, in Marrakech, Morocco. Professors Diane Husic, Hilde Binford, and Craig Atwood are joined by Stephen Stoddard '16. Alumna Sarabeth Brockley ’10, a former policy analyst at the United Nations, is attending in her current position as Senior Relations Manager for Climate Action Network International.

Last year’s conference in Paris, culminated in a historic international Climate Change Agreement focused on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This year, attendees will roll up their sleeves as they work out details of moving forward as a global community toward the goals set forth in the agreement.

Husic facilitated a side event entitled “New Directions in Climate Change Research and Implications for Policy” for the Research and Independent NGOs and gave a mini-Ted Talk during that session: “Engaging Youth as Citizen Scientists to Conduct Landscape-level Ecological Monitoring of the Impacts of Climate Change.” She is blogging from the conference at

Husic and Binford have led a delegation from Moravian College to the conference every year since 2009, when only six private liberal arts institutions from the United States were selected to serve as “civil society observers.” Participation in the UNFCCC is restricted to parties of the conference, observer states, admitted observer organizations, and accredited press/media. The sessions are not open to the public.

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For over 270 years, the Moravian College degree has been based on a liberal arts curriculum where literature, history, cultural values and global issues, ethics, and aesthetic expression and the social sciences are infused with multidisciplinary perspectives. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College liberal arts curriculum prepares its students for life-long success.