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The Climate Change Challenge: Australian and Pacific perspectives – 12 October 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

The Women’s Leadership Initiative’s first Brisbane Learning & Networking event was held on 12 October 2018 with the theme: The Climate Change Challenge: Australian and Pacific Perspectives.

A total of 45 guests attended, including Australia Awards and New Colombo Plan scholars, alumni and spouses, private sector and government stakeholders, student contact officers, and representatives from DFAT’s Queensland state office.

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Australia’s Ambassador for International Development and the Pacific, presented the keynote address, followed by current Women’s Leadership Initiative participant, Irene Semos (Papua New Guinea) who spoke about her experience on the Women’s Leadership Initiative’s Leadership & Mentoring program.

Guest speaker Taholo Kami, an Innovation, Change and Sustainable Development Adviser (Tonga / Fiji) presented to the group on the topic: Climate Change in the Pacific – What we know and what it means for Pacific leaders.

A panel discussion followed, convened by Professor Peta Ashworth, Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, University of Queensland, with other panel members included:

  • Barbara Masike-Liri, Country Program Director, The Nature Conservancy, Papua New Guinea
  • Kushla Munro, Assistant Secretary, International Climate Change Branch, Department of Environment and Energy, Australia and Women’s Leadership Initiative mentor
  • Mia Kami, youth activist and musician from Tonga and Fiji

The panel discussion generated a lively question and answer session, and the conversations continued afterwards, with musical accompaniment provided by Mia Kami.


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