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United Nations Ambassador of Palau Speaks on Climate Change at Wilkes University

Wilkes University’s United Nations Lecture Series presents Caleb Otto,  ambassador and permanent representative of the Republic of Palau, to speak on “Climate Change: the United Nations and Small Island Developing States.” The lecture is on March 15 at 4 p.m. in the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center Center, Room 214. The lecture is free and open to the public.

With an extensive background in health and policy development in both national and international arenas, Otto will address issues of climate change, promotion and protecting the health of oceans and seas, and formulation of strategies for conservation and protection of biodiversity.

During the recently concluded United Natinos Open Working Group on Sustainable Development, he led the efforts to include mental health and well-being and advocated for availability and access to water as a matter of human rights. His advocacy includes work on the rights of persons with disabilities, women’s rights, and rights of the indigenous people, including protection of traditional and cultural heritage.

He is a founder of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Palau, and a negotiator representing Palau on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, for which he received the WHO Director General Award in 2003. Otto was also the lead author of the first report on implementation for the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Palau and presented it before the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva in 1998.

The United Nations Lecture Series is a collaboration between Wilkes University and the Humpty Dumpty Institute’s Higher Education Alliance for the United Nations. The program brings U.N. officials to campus throughout the year for lectures and informal meetings with students.

Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Mildred Urban, associate director of special events, at 570-408-4330 or event.productions@wilkes.edu.