Sunil Murlidhar Shastri FRGS FRSA, Director at Ocean Governance will chair next month's panel discussion on the impact of climate change on the Commonwealth for the next in our Evelyn Wrench Lecture series on 31 March.
Sunil is a consultant, expert and speaker in ocean and environmental governance. He found his passion for Pacem in Maribus in 1982 under the tutelage of Elisabeth Mann Borgese and has since made it his mission. He is best known internationally for his MasterClass in Ocean and Environmental Governance and for his erudite analysis and candid opinions. Sunil has attended, at various times, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, International Ocean Institute, Aachen Technical University, Dalhousie University, London School of Economics and Harvard Kennedy School, supported throughout by prestigious scholarships. In the past, Sunil has been an academic and researcher in marine and environmental policy, a consulting ocean engineer, and an academic and a researcher in mining and ocean engineering. Sunil is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He was born in India in 1955 and has lived in the UK since 1988 with his wife and son.
He will be chairing our discussion on the impact of climate change on the Commonwealth, which will feature panellist Prof Tim Benton, who works on climate risks and how they will impact societies, particularly through changing access to food. He was an author on the IPCC’s recent climate change, land and food report, as well as the UK’s climate change risk assessment. He also works in Africa and Asia, and will therefore be able to address issues from a Commonwealth perspective.
The second panellist will be Sarah Breeden, Executive Director of the Bank of England’s work enhancing the financial system’s resilience to climate change. Sarah will address the impact on international economics and financial institutions and the ‘greening’ of banks to encourage investment that supports carbon reduction and responds to environmental impact, with particular reference to the impact on the Commonwealth.
The third panellist will be Dr Edmund Hughes, Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized technical agency responsible for the regulation of international shipping. He is responsible on a day-to-day basis for IMO's work to address GHG emissions from international shipping and represent the Organization in climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC including, most recently, at COP 25 in Madrid in December and at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York last September. He will again address the effects of climate change on the Commonwealth, such as rising sea levels and the impact on populations including Bangladesh, Calcutta, and populated islands that would be lost.
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