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UN Ambassador for Pacific Island Nation Discusses Climate Change Challenges in Jan. 26 Lecture at Wilkes University

“Climate Change, the U.N. and Small Island States” will be the topic when Wilkes University hosts its United Nations Lecture Series on Thursday, Jan. 26. Odo Tevi, permanent ambassador of island nation Vanuatu, will speak at 4 p.m. in the Miller Room of the Henry Student Center, 84. W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Vanuatu is a South Pacific island nation made up of 82 small islands. The country is representative of a growing number of island countries significantly impacted by rising sea levels attributed to climate change.

Tevi became the country’s ambassador to the United Nations in 2014. Tevi also is the chairman of the U.N. Disarmament Commission. He was the chairman of the special committee on the U.N. Charter and strengthening the role of the organization and also was chairman of the Asia Pacific Group. Tevi has served as vice-president for the U.N. Pledging Conference for Development Activities and chairman of the joint Vanuatu and U.N. Consultative Forum on ICPD and national sustainable development plan. He was extensively involved in the negotiation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the U.N.’s quadrennial comprehensive policy review.

Prior to his time with the United Nations, Tevi had a distinguished career in international banking. He consulted with World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the European Union and the Melanesian Spearhead Group. From 2003 to 2013, Odo was the governor of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu. Odo has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Papua New Guinea and a master’s degree in development economics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He holds a graduate diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an advanced diploma in monitoring and evaluation from New York University. He completed executive training at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and also at Columbia University Business School.

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.