Climate resilience in Small States

Climate resilience in Small States

Day 2
09:00 – 10:30
Bastion 1+2


The session takes place on the eve of COP21 also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. The Conference will aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. In addition there are several references to climate change throughout the SDG agenda. In particular SDG 13 calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

The session will highlight the importance of collaboration between stakeholders in small states as they develop resilience strategies to adapt for and mitigate against climate change. This will explore the governance arrangements that are required to enable collaboration.

Participants will identify the characteristics of governance systems in small states that need to be in place to enable collaboration and the inclusion of the widest range of stakeholders in building climate resilience.




(CHAIR) Shantal Munro-Knight

Shantal Munro-Knight is the Executive Coordinator of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC).

Specialising in the area of trade policy, advocacy and civil society mobilisation, she has over ten years’ experience in the development and execution of research and educational programs. Over a period of five years she has overseen the research agenda on trade liberalisation as Lead Research Coordinator, and has also undertaken specialised research into a number of areas including the development of gender indicators for trade negotiations, and the development of a corporate code of conduct for international investors in the Caribbean.

Shantal has organised the intervention and positions of NGOs in the Caribbean region on the Economic Partnership Agreement since 2004, and is also a member of the Barbados Government Committee on Governance. She has been editor of the Caribbean Beacon for three years, and has lectured at the University of the West Indies in Political Science for over five years. Shantal holds a Masters in International Trade Policy, and is currently pursing doctoral studies in Public Policy and Administration. She has served on the Foundation’s Civil Society Advisory Committee since 2010 and is one of five committee representatives on the Foundation’s Board of Governors.

Marlene Attzs

Dr. Marlene Attzs is an Economics Lecturer at the University of West Indies (UWI).

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Fe'iloakitau Kaho Tevi

Fe’iloakitau Kaho Tevi, of Tongan and Fijian descent, is a strategic policy advisor for Pacific Island governments.

Mr. Tevi has Masters Degrees from the University of Paris and the International Institute for Public Administration in Paris, France in political science, international relations, strategic economic development and diplomacy. He has worked with a regional civil society movement for self-determination and independence and has also worked in the ecumenical movement of the region taking on leadership roles here in the region as well as at the global level. He was the coordinator for the leadership, green growth and sustainability initiative that focused on building coalitions of high level leaders around the issue of Green Growth aiming to create innovative linkages between political will, conservation and development.

He has been vocal on issues of the resettlement of populations as a result of climate change, political and economic self-determination for the peoples of Oceania and HIV/AIDS. He is committed to ensuring that Pacific peoples’ issues are heard at the regional and international level. He is a polyglot and is married with 5 children.

Augustine Njamshi

Augustine Njamnshi Commonwealth People's Forum 2015 speakerAugustine B Njamnshi is a lawyer with 21 years of environmental policy and governance advocacy in Cameroon and the Central African sub-region. He has long experience in legislative and policy drafting in the areas of Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing, Biosafety, Biosecurity, Access to Environmental Information and Public Participation in decision making. Augustine has also held and continues to hold several elected positions representing African Civil Society of the environment sector at the international level. He has been the pioneer Chair of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance 2008-2012 and UNEP Major Groups Representative for Africa 2010-2012. Currently he holds the positions Executive Secretary at the Bioresources Development and Conservation Cameroon, The Francophone African Coordinator of The Access Initiative, The Chair of Political and Technical Affairs of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and has been re-elected as the African Civil Society Representative on the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility as well as the Carbon Fund.

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Karuna Rana

Karuna is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of SIDS Youth AIMS Hub (SYAH), a regional youth-led organization aimed at advancing sustainable development across African and Asian Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Her extensive experience in the environmental and youth development area spans across grassroots actions, policy tracking, advocacy, and reducing the ecological footprint of organizations - within non-profits, corporations and inter-governmental organizations alike. Through roles such as UNEP Tunza Youth Advisor for Africa and Organising Partner for SIDS for the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, Karuna has lobbied Governments and coordinated the participation of young people at the UNFCCC, Rio+20 Summit, the African Union, and most recently the 3rd International Conference on SIDS. Karuna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and has co-authored UNEP’s publication entitled ‘Global Environment Outlook-5 for Youth’. She also received the Queen’s Young Leader Award this year – an Award which recognises the exceptional work done by young people of the Commonwealth.

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