Climate Change is the defining issue of our time, and we are at a defining moment. It undermines human security and acts as a "threat multiplier", exacerbating existing vulnerabilities and risks and aggravating already fragile situations.  

In the Pacific, the risks associated with climate change are not a distant future scenario but are already a reality for millions of people. Island countries are impacted in various ways, including increased average temperatures, saltwater intrusion and coastal erosion,  sea-level rise, and increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events.

States and communities in the Pacific are at the forefront of these challenges now, but these same challenges will soon affect the entire planet.

Urgent action is required before it is too late. Whether we like it or not, it is a question of when - not if - we will have to deal with the security impacts of climate change.

This is why we need to come together and catch the last wave before it is too late.

The podcast series “Catching the last wave” will explain how climate change is already and will continue shaping the way communities are living. It aims at raising awareness on climate security and foster an effective and informed dialogue on the issue at the regional and global levels, thereby providing an inclusive approach to building resilience.

By interviewing, global, regional and national experts and specialists, the podcasts will explore the negative impacts of climate change in the Pacific region, at the same time increasing the understanding and knowledge on the disaster risks, climate change impacts, and risk management solutions.

The podcast series is part of the joint UNDP-IOM Climate Security Project, funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund.

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In this first episode of “Catching the last wave”, we had a conversation with Deputy Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) Dr Filimon Manoni. Read more.

In this episode of “Catching the last wave”, we are honored to host the Head of the Climate and Security Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Dr Robert Glasser. Read more.

In this episode of “Catching the last wave”, we had a conversation with the Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at the Australian National University and Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Professor Mark Howden. Read more.

In this episode of “Catching the last wave”, we are honored to talk to a Pacific climate change expert and regional and global climate change advocate Ms. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. Kathy is a Marshall Islander poet, performance artist, educator. She received international acclaim through her poetry performance at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014. Read more.

In this episode of “Catching the last wave”, we are honored to host the General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) Reverend James Bhagwan. PCC is the region's peak ecumenical body with 33 member churches and 10 national councils of churches across 19 Pacific Island States and territories – accounting for some 80 percent of the Pacific’s human population. Read more.

Our guest for this episode of "Catching the last wave" is Honorable Bikenibeu Paeniu, former Prime Minister of Tuvalu and currently a consultant for the Tuvalu Climate Action Network (TuCAN) and technical advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture. Read more.

Our guest for this episode of "Catching the last wave" is Gladys Habu, a passionate young climate advocate from the Solomon Islands. Gladys has campaigned for years at the local, regional and international levels to increase awareness of the impact of climate change. Read more.

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