South Asia is among the most vulnerable of regions in terms of climate change risks.
The seminar will explore various definitional and conceptual linkages between climate change and vulnerability to portray a picture of extent of risk South Asia currently faces, and argues that neither the in-country nor the regional efforts that are currently being planned are adequate to tackle this looming danger. It recommends greater global, regional and community inter-face to organise better preparedness, adaptation and mitigation (PAM) against Climate Change risks and in addition argues for re-invention of South Asian values as solution for Climate Change risks not only for the region but for the world as a whole.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Prof. M. Adil Khan is a former Chief of Socio-economic Governance and Management Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York. His 35 year career included public service, international agencies such as the World Bank and United Nations and academia.
He has published extensively on various issues of political economy of development, poverty, public policy and participatory governance. He was principal author of the 2008 UN World Public Sector Report, People Matter: Civic Engagement in Public Governance. He is on the editorial board of several journals and was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Sustainable Development” during 1993-1997. Prof. Khan and the Journal were awarded jointly the 1995 Sasakawa Award by the United Nations Environmental Programme for pioneering work linking spirituality and sustainability. He also received awards in 2005 and 2008 for pioneering work on participatory governance at the United Nations.
Since basing himself at UQ, Prof. Khan gives specialist lectures on international development and supervises RHD programs spanning poverty and governance to climate change. He also directs the Introduction to Development Policy course at the Graduate Training Academy of Diplomats, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra.