From the Front Line: Sustainability, Land Rights, Women’s Rights and Climate Change in Papua New Guinea

Rachel Sapery James

Rachel Sapery James is a marine scientist who is currently working as the Social and Environmental Management Systems Officer for the Bank of the South Pacific in Papua New Guinea. She will be in New York to give two presentations at the United Nations on behalf of the PNG National Council of Women. At Columbia she will discuss how climate change is affecting rural women’s lives in PNG. Rachel is a tireless advocate for environmental rights and human rights in PNG and she is also currently Miss Papua New Guinea.

Rachel will be introduced by Paige West, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University.

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