Changing Climate, Shared Experience: Lessons for Asia, the US, and the World


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Successfully addressing the challenge of a changing climate is critical for maintaining conditions that are ripe for overall economic sustainability, political stability, and growth. Asia is the most disaster prone region in the world, a fact that places already strained institutions under additional pressure. Simultaneously, the U.S. faces the prospect of increasingly violent natural disasters, and in regions where such disasters were previously uncommon.  What lessons can Asia provide for the U.S., and what lessons can the U.S. provide for Asia in addressing climate-related issues?  Please join a distinguished panel of experts to discuss climate resiliency, particularly as it links to water resources, desertification, increasing mobility, displacement, and ultimately security.

Mohammed Shahidul Haque is Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh. Prior to this, he worked as an Additional Foreign Secretary and as a Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2001 to 2012, Mr. Haque was an official with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), holding several senior positions.

John Briscoe is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health at Harvard University, where he directs the Harvard Water Security Initiative.

Amanda Ikert is the C40 Initiative Director on Climate Change Adaptation. She was previously the C40 City Director in Jakarta.

Michael Werz is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where his work as member of the National Security Team focuses on the nexus of climate change, migration, and security and emerging democracies, especially Turkey, Mexico, and Brazil. He has been a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund where his work focused on transatlantic foreign policy and the European Union.

Andrew Revkin (moderator) is the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University's Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, and writes the award-winning Dot Earth blog for the opinion section of The New York Times

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Thu 16 May 2013
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