The issue of climate change has come roaring back into the spotlight since a 300,000-strong group of concerned citizens gathered on September 21st in New York to raise awareness of climate change. In response, at a historic UN climate summit on September 23rd, member nations reiterated their commitment to reach an agreement on the issue of climate change by 2015. But will an agreement be possible? The Georgetown-India Dialogue and the Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service's Asian Studies Department are pleased bring one of the world's foremost experts to Georgetown to engage in a conversation on this issue. A reception in honor of Mr.Ramesh made possible by The Global Education & Leadership Foundation will be held after the talk.
Mr. Jairam Ramesh, chief negotiator for India at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, addressed us in our quest to find an answer to this question. Ramesh’s role in bringing the West and developing countries together has brought him many accolades. His experiences as Environment Minister of a country like India combined with his critical involvement on the world stage allow him to bring us a unique and insightful perspective on this widely debated issue. Besides being an expert on Climate Change, Jairam Ramesh brought the issues of sanitation and public health to the fore front of the Indian political discourse.
Jairam Ramesh a Member of India’s Parliament and a senior political leader of the Indian National Congress Party. He has been a leading figure in international climate diplomacy for years and is currently a Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University. Ramesh was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development under Prime Minister Singh from 2011-2014. He held numerous high-level government posts from 2006-14, including the Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests (2009-11) and Commerce and Power from 2008-2009. In the 1980’s he served as Advisor to two Prime Ministers and two Finance Ministers. Ramesh studied at the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This event was made possible through the generous financial support of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, the Walsh School of Foreign Service's Global Human Development Program and Science, Technology, and International Affairs Program and The Global Education & Leadership Foundation ( which made the reception possible) .