PISA to Host Myanmar Advanced Leadership Institute on Climate Change

October 31 – November 14, 2014
October 24, 2014

Betsy Cantwell: 202-994-5379, bcant@gwu.edu


WASHINGTON—The Elliott School of International Affairs’ Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) program will host a unique two-week interdisciplinary program on global climate change from October 31-November 14. The Myanmar Advanced Leadership Institute on Climate Change (MALICC), which builds on a two-year partnership with Myanmar’s leading environmental organization, ALARM, will convene 14 government officials and civil society leaders from Myanmar selected through a competitive process.

“Myanmar, also known as Burma, is undergoing a political and economic transition from economic isolation and military rule,” said PISA Director Linda Yarr. “Rich in natural resources but challenged by ethnic conflict, energy poverty, and vulnerability to drought and natural disasters, Myanmar is also severely affected by climate change. PISA is ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring together policymakers and top researchers on this crucial topic.”

MALICC will feature seminars and lectures with high-level experts in climate science, public health, alternative energy, disaster risk reduction and recovery, and other topics, as well as off-campus meetings at international organizations and federal and local agencies. Participants will engage in interactive and problem-solving exercises to build trust, gain confidence, and share information.

The program, which is sponsored by the Chino Cienega Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, and IMSG, Inc., is the second phase in PISA’s Climate Initiative with Myanmar. In February 2013, PISA and ALARM sponsored a leadership institute on climate change in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw, for 45 government officials representing 12 ministries.

In conjunction with MALICC, PISA will host a public event at GW’s Elliott School on November 13, 5:30-7:00 PM, featuring an address on “Inclusiveness in Global Climate Policy” by Mr. Roger-Mark De Souza, director of population, environmental security and resilience at the Wilson Center.

Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Since 1984, PISA has worked with partner organizations in Asia to enhance capacity at the national and regional levels to address emerging concerns in the Asia Pacific region. Working with its network of global experts, PISA creates issue-specific programs in areas of mutual concern between the United States and Asia with particular emphasis on transnational issues such as: climate change, human security, and international governance. In 2014, PISA celebrates its 30th anniversary.

GW’S Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States.  Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. 


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