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Policies on International Issues

Current Policies

Title Decision at Background Policy Status Review Progress
BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel Referendum, March 2015 The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice. The Union resolves to support the BDS movement and to lobby the University to drop all investments in and not work with all companies that are complicit. This is current Union policy (referendum, Spring 2018) Spring 2021  
Climate Emergency   Referendum, Spring 2019

 The IPCC’s October 2018 report stated the urgency how we are heading for dangerous levels of global warming and need to drastic action to keep global temperatures below 1.5C to avoid catastrophic climate change. In wake of this report, a new wave of activism has erupted all over the world to address climate change. Student’s from Sussex are amongst these people who have awoken to draw attention to emergency that is climate change, to which governments have ignored. They have been involved in organising the Youth Strikes and with Extinction Rebellion, who have worked to raise attention of the inaction of governments. Already, they have campaigned Brighton & Hove City Council to become Carbon Neutral by 2030, to satisfy the recommendations of the IPCC report. It is now for the Students’ Union to have a policy that reflects the concerns of it’s students over the climate emergency.

 

 To address the concern students have about climate change and how the Students’ Union can respond to Brighton & Hove City Council declaration of climate emergency, raising further awareness of the climate emergency and support students who are involved in climate activism. There will also be the need to publicise how the Students’ Union is responding to these climate and environmental issues, and what active steps it is taking in future policies it may pursue.

 

Policy Objectives:

  1. Formerly acknowledge the climate emergency as a concern of University of Sussex Students.

  2. Raise awareness that Students’ Union acknowledges the climate emergency.

  3. For the Students’ Union to respond to Brighton & Hove City council’s declaration of a climate emergency, and what actions are being taken to work towards being carbon neutral.

  4. Support students involved climate activism, in terms of providing training, resources and space to organise campaigns.

  5. To have consultation with students in developing future policies that can satisfy students climate and environment concerns.

This is current Union policy (referendum, Spring 2019) Spring 2022