Articles: Marshall Islands Has New Climate Diplomacy Advisor

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 18, 2013 - 04:24 PM

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The Independent Diplomat has appointed Dr. Mahendra Kumar, as Climate Diplomacy Advisor, to assist the RMI with efforts in its “New Climate Diplomacy” strategy, aimed at mainstreaming climate change into its foreign policy.  Dr. Kumar is currently working at the Office of the President and will assist the Office of the President, relevant Ministers and senior Government officials with preparations for RMI’s hosting of the 2013 Pacific Islands Forum Summit, in particular aspects relating to climate change, energy and sustainable development.

He will provide updates on international developments relevant to RMI’s climate change policy, in particular its international stance and diplomatic priorities. He will assist in seeking and pursuing new opportunities for enhancing RMI’s diplomatic outreach on climate change issues at the bilateral, regional and multi-lateral levels, including taking advantage of diplomatic opportunities at non UNFCCC forums that can aid the successful evolution of the UNFCCC negotiations.

Dr Kumar comes with impressive credentials and experience at regional and international levels. He has a doctorate in environmental physics from the UK, and has spent a great deal of his career as an academic, mainly USP, teaching and researching on environmental, energy and climate change issues. He has also worked with the Fiji National University and the University of Fiji. He was the first appointee as International Negotiations Officer at SPREP and has worked as climate change specialist at UNEP, in Nairobi, Kenya and the Asian Development Bank. He worked for the Australian Department of Climate Change and AusAID and was involved with the early development of the International Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative. He has done work for many countries and organizations in the Pacific in climate change, renewable energy and sustainable development.

Independent Diplomat (ID), the world’s first non-profit diplomatic advisory group, has been working with the RMI Government since early 2009, providing diplomatic and legal advice and assistance on international negotiations on climate change, both under UNFCCC and in related international forums. This is the first time that ID has appointed someone to be based in Majuro. (For enquiries or to contact Dr. Kumar, you can email him at 

- RMI Office of the President, Majuro, Marshall Islands, June 18, 2013

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