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Lankan ambassador Jayatilleka on Global Advisory Council on Climate Change

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Dr Dayan Jayatilleka has been appointed to the Global Advisory Council of the Climate Change, Human Security and Democracy Project of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The 12-member Council is chaired by the Prince of Morocco and includes Mario Soares, the former President and Prime Minister of Portugal, the Sri Lankan embassy in France said. The project brings together persons from both the private and public sectors, as well as academic experts, civil society activists and workers with the intention of building a better understanding of how diverse perceptions and priorities are altering the understanding of the social and political effects of climate change.

Other members are Lakhdar Brahimi, former Special Envoy, United Nations Secretary General, Algeria; Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), chancellor of TERI University, head of Yale's Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI); Kader Asmal, former Minister of Water Affairs, Government of South Africa, 1994-1999, also Minister of Education, 1999-2004; Walden Bello, Member, House of Representatives, The Philippines; Fiona Dove, Director, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Christine Jogarth, private sector energy specialist; Omar Madre, environmentalist, journalist, Turkey; Chandra Muzaffar, founder and director, JUST, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Hans von Sponeck, former Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations, Germany.

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