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HDI-United Nations Lecture - March 15th, 4 PM, Marts 214

Please join us Tuesday, March 15 at 4:00 PM in Martz 214 for our HDI-United Nations lecture “Climate Change, Small Island Developing States, and the United Nations” by H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations.
 
This event is free and open to the public. 

 
 H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations
 Educated in medicine and health management, Dr. Otto has had extensive work experience in health and policy development both in national and international arenas, having served in the Senate of the Palau national congress (OEK) in addition to representing Palau in numerous regional and international health and political fora. Dr. Otto possesses extensive work experience with Civil Society through years of work with civic organizations such as the church choir, Belau Theater, and other local community organizations. In 1998 he took his choir to tour Israel and Germany. He is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Palau and Board member of the Palau National Olympic Committee as well as the Palau Conservation Society. He is also a Founder of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Palau and has extensive involvement in the Palau Tennis Federation and Palau Swimming Association where he has served on the Board of both, for several years. In international policy arena, he was the negotiator representing Palau on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control for which he received the WHO Director General Award in 2003. He championed the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Palau and was the lead author of the first report of its implementation, which he presented before the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva in 1998. His advocacy for human rights includes work on the Implementation of the Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes as the means to ensure the rights of infants to breast milk – the best food for them, work on Rights of Persons with Disability, Women’s rights under CEDAW and rights of the Indigenous People, including protection of traditional and cultural heritage.

At the United Nations, he has been working tirelessly on environmental matters including addressing the issues of climate change, promoting and protecting the health of oceans and seas, formulation of strategies for conservation and protection of biodiversity. During the recently concluded Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development he led the efforts to include mental health and wellbeing in the targets under the goal on health and advocated for availability and access to water as matter of human rights. He also advocated strongly for a stand-alone goal on peaceful and stable society, grounded on tolerance, acceptance and understanding, as an important component of a firm foundation for sustainable development.


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