Maria Ivanova to Speak at UN Climate Week Seminar on Small Island Developing States
September 22, 2014  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Event  //  No Comment

kiribati1-thumb-480xauto-3141Small island states are disproportionately being affected by anthropogenic climate change. Actually, most of these nations are already grappling with existential challenges due to rising ocean levels. The recent UN Conference on Small Island Developing States underscored the essence of strengthening global partnerships focused on enhancing resilience of island states’ to climate change impacts.

As part of the United Nations Climate Week 2014, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, and the Global Island Partnership will convene a seminar on “Post 2015 Development Agenda, Climate Change and Island Partnership.” The seminar focuses on the role of Science and Policy and how the two can be connected to bring about positive results in terms of building resilience to climate change impacts.

Key panelists at the seminar include Prof. Maria Ivanova of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Dr. Alistair Edgar of Academic Council on the United Nations Systems, and Ambassador Wen-Liang Chang among others. The seminar will take place on September 22nd, 2014 at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York between 1:30 and 5:00 pm EST.

World Bank’s Rachel Kyte has rightly noted, “there is no need to debate the reality of climate change… the costs are already punishing, especially for small island developing states.”

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