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President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana

President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana

President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana answers student questions during his address at AU.

President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana addressed an audience of students, faculty, staff, and guests at the School of International Service (SIS) on Friday, October 8. His speech, “Climate Change and Global Governance: From Copenhagen to Cancun,” served as the inaugural TRANSCEND Distinguished Lecture on Global Governance.

According to its website, TRANSCEND is “a worldwide network of academic research centers, policy think-tanks, government agencies and non-governmental organizations dedicated to developing new approaches to global governance.” The institution “specifically aims to forge a shared understanding among the developed and developing countries of how to manage the current diffusion of world power in the face of growing transnational challenges.” The School of International Service acts as the host institution for the group, led by SIS professor Amitav Acharya.

Before speaking to the standing-room only crowd, President Jagdeo met with SIS faculty members and students with whom he discussed a wide range of issues such as north-south relations, international financial institutions, climate change economics, the global financial and economic crisis, and the challenges and opportunities of sustainable economic development.

During his speech, the president noted that combating the worst effects of climate change is too important to be left to philanthropy. He called on students to play an active role in promoting green thinking, nothing that college students in the U.S. and elsewhere have a long history of advocating for change.

Following the speech and question-and-answer period, the president held informal discussions with students, faculty members, and others from the larger Washington D.C. community.