CAPAM 12th Biennial Conference will focus on climate change

─ Conference to address effective and efficient climate governance across all sectors

─ opportunities for public service to become equipped to address environmental issues through research, policy development, service delivery to citizens, regulation and enforcement

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, September 26, 2018

“Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance,” is the theme for this year’s Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 12th Biennial Conference being hosted in Guyana from October 22 -24, 2018.

According to CAPAM, the event, which is being hosted at the Marriott Hotel, is not intended as a platform for gloom-and-doom scenarios, but rather an opportunity for experts and practitioners to set out arguments for a prosperous future that includes the public service being responsible custodians for the environment.

The expectation is that the conference will provide attendees with background information that meets the economic and environmental challenges at their doorsteps while pointing out the risks with which the public service should be preoccupied to achieve results and be accountable.

Climate change has become a priority in many countries in recent times. In light of this and the wide range of environmental concerns, CAPAM says the public service must be equipped to address these issues through research, policy development, service delivery to citizens, and regulation and enforcement.

“More and more, it becomes evident that strategic partnerships, consultation across political and bureaucratic boundaries and leading practices will advance innovative solutions and support the public service in determining and advising governments on ways to promote economic prosperity while protecting the natural productivity of our world,” a concept note on the conference states.

Further, the association notes that with many regions experiencing both shared and unique climate challenges, it is clear that effective and efficient climate governance must occur across government systems and through a multitude of sectors and industries in order to better tackle complex environmental matters.

The conference will focus on three sub-themes. These include “Confronting the Duality of Climate Action and Economic Growth”, “Structuring the Public Service towards being Climate Proactive” and “Managing National Climate Priorities within a Global Context”.

Plenary session speakers will address the conference sub-themes at the beginning of each conference day.

Dr. Suresh Narine, Director, Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research; Professor, Physics and Astronomy and Chemistry, Trent University Canada/Guyana and Dr. David Singh, Vice-President & Executive Director, Conservation International, Guyana are confirmed as speakers at the plenary sessions.

President David Granger will deliver the feature address at the opening ceremony. The Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC, Secretary General of the Commonwealth is also expected to deliver an address at the opening session.

CAPAM is an Associated Organisation of the Commonwealth. Its mission is to promote the practical requirements of good governance, as well as just an honest government across the Commonwealth countries and beyond. 

Stacy Carmichael.

Image: Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management.

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