Najam in Dawn on Global Climate Risk Index


Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was recently interviewed for an article on the latest Global Climate Risk Index 2018 report from the think tank Germanwatch which ranks Pakistan as the seventh most vulnerable country to climate change.

Najam was quoted in a November 9, 2017 article in Dawn entitled “Pakistan 7th Most Vulnerable Country to Climate Change, Says Germanwatch.”

From the text of the article:

Dr Adil Najam, Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, rightly says that Pakistan doesn’t need any such reports to tell that it faces serious climate challenges. “The problem is that we continue to refuse to act in the face of clear and present danger. Another report. Another list. Another ranking. Another seminar. Another talk. That will not help as much as action will,” he said.

“Unfortunately, our politics and our media is too caught in immediate trivialities – tamashas, really – to pay heed to things that could actually imperil their own and their children’s future. More than anything in this report, this is the saddest finding of all,” concluded Najam.

Adil Najam is the inaugural dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and professor of International Relations and Earth & Environment. Earlier, he served as vice chancellor of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), in Lahore, Pakistan, and as the director of BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He has also taught at MIT and at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His research focuses on issues of global governance and global public policy, including those related to diplomacy, climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, and human development.