Today Sir David King, the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, arrives in Bangladesh to recognise the achievements Bangladesh has made on climate change and discuss the current state of play in the international negotiations.
At the heart of his visit is a public lecture on ‘Contemporary Global Climate Change debate: Challenges and Prospects’ at the Independent University of Bangladesh, organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The International Centre for Climate Change and Development.
Sir David King will also meet with key government officials, including the Foreign Secretary, to discuss a range of climate change related issues including global action to mitigate the risk of climate change, and preparations for Paris.
The Foreign Secretary appointed Sir David King as his permanent Special Representative for Climate Change in September 2013. Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 – 2007, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute. He also served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford; was Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University 1993-2000 and Master of Downing College at Cambridge 1995 -2000.
Sir David has published over 500 papers on science and policy, for which he has received numerous awards, and holds 22 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, a Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and knighted in 2003, Sir David was also made an Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur’ in 2009, for work which has contributed to responding to the climate and energy challenge.