Monday, September 19, 2022
Keynote address: Siaosi Sovaleni
Prime Minister, Kingdom of Tonga
- Moderator: Evan A. Feigenbaum, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Climate and Maritime Security
Climate change is one of the most pressing security concerns in the Indo-Pacific: the crisis not only threatens island nations’ stability, but also their very existence. Is there consensus among islands and bigger neighbors on climate change as a security threat? How do the differences in security conceptions affect collaboration and the approach to climate change and maritime security in the Indo-Pacific?
- Odo Tevi, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Vanuatu to the United Nations
- Anna Powles, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, New Zealand
- Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, Associate Professor, University of Hawaiʻi
- Moderator: Darshana M. Baruah, Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Fireside Chat—Developments in the Pacific: A View from Australia
- Paul Myler, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Australia
Japan’s Engagement with the Pacific Islands
Hideyuki Shiozawa, Senior Program Officer, Pacific Island Nations Program Team, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Special Address: Gustav Aitaro
Foreign Minister, Republic of Palau
Moderator: Hideyuki Shiozawa, Senior Program Officer, Pacific Island Nations Program Team, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Accessibility to Climate and Development Finance
While climate change is a global problem, island nations in the Indo-Pacific face an especially urgent threat from global rising temperatures. Multinational, national, and regional initiatives have offered climate finance and sustainable development solutions to island nations—but these offers come with challenges that result in unmet needs. Though there are various initiatives offering climate and development finance, is it accessible by island nations in the Indo-Pacific? What are the regulatory frameworks that challenge accessibility to climate and development finance and how can island nations address them?
- Angelique Pouponneau, Policy Advisor, Alliance of Small Island States
- Hiroyuki Suzuki, Chief Representative, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Washington Office
- Moderator: Suzanne Puanani Vares-Lum, President, East-West Center
3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
Closing Plenary: U.S. View on Islands in the Indo-Pacific
- Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President, Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific for the U.S. National Security Council
4:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
- Darshana M. Baruah, Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Hideyuki Shiozawa, Senior Program Officer, Pacific Island Nations Program Team, Sasakawa Peace Foundation