Catching the last wave with Mahendra Kumar (PhD)
Our guest for this episode of "Catching the last wave" is Dr. Mahendra Kumar, a senior climate change specialist with wide experience in climate change, development, energy and environment programs in Asia-Pacific and Africa.
He is currently Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Climate Change, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS), Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU, Canberra, and Honorary Research Fellow with the Pacific Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development, USP. He has a distinguished career as an academic, as well as working for governments, regional and international organisations on technical and policy issues in climate change. He is on the UNFCCC Roster of Experts and regularly participates in reviews and assessments of national and technical reports. He continues to represent governments and civil society organisations at UNFCCC and IPCC meetings.
With Dr. Mahendra, we focused on the latest IPCC report and especially what does it mean for the Pacific region. We also talked about the strategies of Pacific Small Island Developing States to advocate on key priorities at international climate negotiations and the specific demands leading up to COP26 in Glasgow.
The podcast series “Catching the last wave” will explain how climate change is already and will continue shaping the way communities are living. It aims at raising awareness on climate security and foster an effective and informed dialogue on the issue at the regional and global levels, thereby providing an inclusive approach to building resilience. Read more.
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In this episode of “Catching the last wave”, we are honored to host the General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) Reverend James Bhagwan. PCC is the region's peak ecumenical body with 33 member churches and 10 national councils of churches across 19 Pacific Island States and territories – accounting for some 80 percent of the Pacific’s human population. Read more.
Our guest for this episode of "Catching the last wave" is Gladys Habu, a passionate young climate advocate from the Solomon Islands. Gladys has campaigned for years at the local, regional and international levels to increase awareness of the impact of climate change. Read more.
Our guest for this episode of "Catching the last wave" is Mr. Broderick Menke, National Adaptation Plan Coordinator for RMI. His role at COP26 was to present the RMI NAP process and introduce new ways of sustainable adaptation planning, while following the adaptation tracks during the Glasgow negotiations. Read more.