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Republic of Guyana President to Speak at AU

Climate Change Governance: From Copenhagen to Cancun

WHO:     Bharrat Jagdeo, president of the Republic of Guyana

WHAT:    President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana to discuss climate change  in speech to American University School of International Service students

WHEN:    3:30 – 5 pm; Friday, October 8, 2010

WHERE:    East Quad Building Lounge; American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

DETAILS:    Interested media contact Maralee Csellar, American University’s Communications Office, at 202-885-5952 or

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 4, 2010) – Republic of Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo will address climate change governance with students at American University on Friday, October 8, 2010, in the East Quad Building Lounge.

President Jagdeo’s speech will include the economics and successes of avoided deforestation, monitoring and verification issues, and financial mechanisms for accountability within climate change governance. He will also discuss Global South concerns and the previous and upcoming conferences on climate change.
President Jagdeo is one of four Heads of State appointed by U.N. Secretary General to the High-Level Advisory Group on Mobilizing Climate Change Resources. He will be in Washington to attend both World Bank and IMF meetings along with the other Heads of State.

Guyana has one of the most advanced economic models based on low carbon development, which many countries are duplicating. Guyana has 43 million acres of pristine tropical Amazon rainforest. The South American country borders Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname and the Atlantic Ocean. Guyana is also one of the leading advocates of Avoided Deforestation.

President Jagdeo will attend the next climate change conference, to be held in Cancun. The most recent conference was in Copenhagen.

President Jagdeo has served as president of the Republic of Guyana since 1999 and served as senior Minister of Finance before assuming the presidency. He previously held several national and international directorships, and was chairman of the Board of Governors of the IMF and World Bank Group (2005-2006). In 2008, Time Magazine named President Jagdeo a Hero of the Environment, and he is the winner of the 2010 UN Champions of the Earth Award (UNEP).

American University’s School of International Service and TRANSCEND, an organization dedicated to conflict meditation, peace and development, partner to host this event.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.