The COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow in 2021 disappointed many advocates for strong action on climate change. In Episode 117 of Economics Explored, show host Gene Tunny discusses whether COP26 should be perceived as a failure or, at best, a mild success with fellow Brisbane-based economist Scott Hook, who has attended several global climate change summits in the past.
About this episode’s guest – Scott Hook
Scott Hook has over 25 years of experience in policy, economic, environmental and financial analysis and in the development of Pacific regional, national and local government policy. He has also researched and written on the role of institutions in shaping policy implementation in Fiji and the Pacific, climate change and disaster risk and climate and security issues. He has a PhD from the University of Queensland that was completed in 2010.
In the last decade he has worked extensively on infrastructure reform and policy, understanding and building resilience to climate and disaster risk and improving access to, and management of, climate change and disaster risk finance for Pacific island countries. He has supported Pacific Island Delegations in the Finance discussions of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties negotiations as a technical adviser, coordinator and negotiator.
He has experience with working with a range of partners and their modalities of engagement, such as. the Green Climate Fund (Forum Secretariat is a Readiness Partner and organising the 2015 and 2016 Pacific Roundtable Meetings), European Development Fund (design and governance for a €29 million energy programme), and a US$10 million regional programme of the Climate Investment Fund through the development of the Pacific component of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience. He has worked closely with a wide range of partners including the Pacific Community, SPREP, DFAT, EU, NZAID, the ADB and World Bank.
Links relevant to the conversation
New Zealand commits millions to climate relocation fund for Fiji
World’s First –Ever Relocation Trust Fund for People Displaced by Climate Change Launched by Fijian Prime Minister
Pacific Adaptation for Climate Change (PACC) Project
Previous Economics Explored episodes on COP26:
EP108 – COP26 climate change summit with Tony Wood, Grattan Institute
EP110 – COP26 Dissenting Voices Part 1: Dr Alan Moran
EP111 – Australian Senator Matt Canavan – COP26 Dissenting Voices Part 2
Thanks to the show’s audio engineer Josh Crotts for his assistance in producing the episode.
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