First CPA Australia and Pacific Regional ‘Hot Topic’ Forum deliberates climate change and the role of Parliaments and Parliamentarians   

The first CPA Australia and Pacific Regional ‘Hot Topic’ Forum has taken place and heard from a number of speakers on the ‘hot topic’ of the region - ‘Deliberating climate change: the role of Parliaments and Parliamentarians’. With the ever increasing threats in the face of climate change to some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable and smallest nations especially in the Australia and Pacific Regions, the forum heard from Speakers and Members whose own jurisdictions are affected by climate change and from organisations like the UNDP working in the region to combat its effects.

The CPA Regional ‘Hot Topic’ Forums bring together not only Commonwealth Parliamentarians, but also academics, students, civil society organisations and the wider Commonwealth family. The Regional Forum was opened by Hon. John Ajaka, MLC, President of the New South Wales Legislative Council and Member of the CPA Executive Committee.

Speakers at the forum included: Speaker Hon. Dr Jiko Luveni MP, Parliament of Fiji; Deputy Speaker Hon. Mona Ioane, MP, Parliament of the Cook Islands; Hon. Mark Parnell, MLC, Member, Environment Committee, Parliament of South Australia; Hon. Ruth Forrest, MLC, Chair of Legislative Council Sessional Committee Government Administration A, Parliament of Tasmania; Hon. Dr Culwick Togamana MP, Chair, Environmental and Conservation Committee, Parliament of the Solomon Islands; Hon. Albert Abel Williams MP, former Chair, Standing Orders Committee, Special Envoy for Climate Change, Director for Environment, Parliament of Vanuatu; Mr Jonathan O’Dea MP, Parliamentary Secretary, Parliament of New South Wales; Dr Kennedy Graham, President of the New Zealand Chapter of the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE); Nanise Saune, Parliamentary Development Programme Manager, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The CPA Regional ‘Hot Topic’ Forum was held in the margins of the 36th CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in New South Wales where public engagement was on the agenda for Parliamentarians. The CPA New South Wales Branch and the Parliament of New South Wales hosted the 36th CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in Sydney, Australia and Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff attended the conference from CPA Branches across the two regions.

Published Friday 27 October 2017.


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