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COVID-19 and Climate Change - Pacific impacts and climate negotiations
Recent months have seen the COVID-19 pandemic emerge as a global crisis requiring immediate, wide-spread and evidence-based action.

As countries have taken drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus, comparisons have arisen between the global response to COVID-19 and climate change. Despite their fundamental differences, they are both significant global challenges that require immediate action based upon scientific evidence.

So how and why have our responses differed, and what can we learn from the handling of COVID-19 to apply to our response to climate change?

Join us for this online event series, COVID-19 and Climate Change, to discuss these questions and more with leading researchers in the area.

In this event, international relations experts Hon. Prof Howard Bamsey and Prof Meg Keen, will discuss learnings from and implications of COVID-19 for global climate negotiations, and climate action and responses in the Pacific.

These events will be recorded. The recording will be made available after the event through the ANU Climate Change Institute YouTube channel.

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Aug 6, 2020 12:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Hon. Professor Howard Bamsey
Chair @Global Water Partnership
Howard Bamsey is Chair of the Global Water Partnership and Honorary Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. He is member of the Board of the Climate Policy Initiative and Climate Works Australia. He was previously Executive Director at the Green Climate Fund and Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute. He has served as Senior Adviser on Sustainable Development to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Special Adviser on Green Growth to AusAID. Earlier he was Australia’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, a Deputy Secretary in the Australian Public Service and CEO of the Australian Greenhouse Office. He held several appointments at ambassadorial level in the Australian foreign service. Bamsey was educated at the University of Queensland and the Harvard Business School.
Professor Meg Keen
Director @Australia Pacific Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy
Meg Keen joined the Crawford School of Public Policy in 2018 as Director of the Australia Pacific Security College. Prior to this, Meg was a Senior Policy Fellow in the Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific where she; was the coordinator for the departmental research cluster on Pacific island resilience and security; led the University’s Urbanisation in Melanesia research program; and was the Bell School Deputy Director of Research. Meg received an award for outstanding contribution to student learning for her leadership of the inaugural New Colombo Plan field school on regional policy making in Suva, Fiji (2018). Meg has experience as an academic, security analyst, policy maker, and consultant. For ten years she was a senior analyst in the Oceania Branch of the Office of National Assessment (now Office of National Intelligence), and a senior policy adviser in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.