Najam Profiled in Austria’s Südwind-Magazin on ‘Age of Adaptation’
Dean Emeritus Adil Najam is interviewed and profiled in Südwind-Magazin, Austria’s leading development magazine.
Najam in NYT on Political Chaos in Pakistan
Dean Emeritus Adil Najam is interviewed by New York Times on the unending political chaos in Pakistan.
Najam Speaks at Royal Society on Science in Muslim Societies
Professor Najam challenges environmentalists to engage with religion and faith because these will invariably be the front line of people’s coping strategies when they are confronted with ever-more-frequent climate calamities.
Najam Delivers Oxford Lecture on Climate Change, Islam, and Muslim Societies
Based on the new research Najam has been conducting at Oxford as the Mahatir Mohamad Visiting Fellow, the talk reviewed what the role of religion in general and Islam, in particular, would be in Muslim societies in the “Age of Adaptation” where climate impacts have become a reality.
Najam Keynotes on Law, Justice, and Climate Change in Bhutan
Professor Najam outlined the nature of the global climate change challenge, particularly for developing countries and especially in what he describes as the “Age of Adaptation,” and reflected on the role of law and philanthropy in addressing global climate change, particularly in national and local implications and impacts.
Najam Leads Seminar on Religion and Environment
Professor Najam suggested that the view that “if we only get the science right, the right values will themselves emerge” has proven to be insufficient and it is time to move from a science-faith divide to a common strategy for confronting one of the great moral crises of our times: climate change.
Najam Comments on Legacy of Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf
“The military in Pakistan has gone through a major change in the past two decades…It has gone from being an institution that most people respected, or kept quiet about, to one that is now very publicly under attack — and that shift started with Pervez Musharraf.”
Najam Speaks at Launch of AIIB Report on NetZero
Professor Najam suggests that until countries do not begin “owning” the climate change problem – not because they have caused it, but because they will invariably suffer its consequences – we will not see meaningful action on climate change in developing countries.
Najam Interviewed on IMF Inefficiencies
Professor Najam suggests that given the IMF’s central mission of maintaining and enhancing global monetary and financial stability, the fact that between 20 to 30 countries are on the verge of sovereign default today is an indictment of the IMF’s own competence, even if the primary fault lies with the countries themselves.
Najam Featured in “Context” Report on Climate Loss and Damage
“By raising money from bad actions so that we raise the cost of doing bad things, we [can] use that money to be able to do good things for those who are being treated unfairly by climate change.”
Najam Joins Panel Discussion on Population and Climate Change
Professor Najam noted that curbing population growth and managing the impacts of climate change may be amongst the most vital problems developing countries face, but that is not a reason to just lump the two together.
Najam Named Mahatir Mohamad Visiting Fellow at University of Oxford
Professor Najam plans to work on two research projects during his fellowships: one on elaborating an Islamic vocabulary for environmentalism and particularly for climate change, and another related to elaborating policy pathways for the “Age of Adaptation” and particularly for Loss and Damage climate policy.
Najam Comments on President Biden and Classified Documents
Professor Najam points out that the implication of this is more political than legal, especially since a similar find had earlier happened with former President Donald Trump and now both parties have something to beat the other with on lack of care in handling classified material by leaders at the very top of the power structure.
Najam Featured in Documentary on Collaborative Governance
“LAIAN.” released by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, highlights the experience of “Etorkizuna Eraikiz,” a major and all-encompassing initiative by the government of Gipuzkoa to incorporate deep citizen participation and grassroots democracy in policymaking, budget development, and institutional development.
Najam Interviewed on Impacts of Climate Change & Need for Adaptation
“The golden rule is don’t mess with nature. The hubris with which we have not only ignored, but laughed at nature over the last 30 years, is what is having an impact now.”
Najam Describes 2022 as a “Year of Malaise”
“Maybe the best thing that can be said about 2022 in international affairs is that it will end tonight. The saddest thing is that all the challenges that it has wrought will still be with us when the first of January dawns.”
Heine Appointed Interim Director of the Pardee Center
Upon announcement of his new role, Ambassador Heine stated, “I have always been a future-oriented person, and being appointed director of the Center, even if only on an interim basis, is a great privilege. At a time when the world is in turmoil, it is especially important to ask the big questions that need to be asked as to which way we are going, and that is what I plan to do.”
Najam Interviewed on Potential Impact of COP27 Loss and Damages Fund
Professor Najam noted that a loss and damage fund has been a long-standing demand of the world’s most vulnerable countries. “However, one should be clear-eyed about this: at this point there is no fund, and there is no money in such a fund.”
Najam Discusses Impact of Nobel Peace Prize in “TRT World” Interview
In discussing the ceremony and the ethos of the Nobel Peace Prize, Professor Najam highlighted that the Peace Prize is fundamentally different from all the other Nobel awards because it is given not only for past achievements but even more as a symbol of future aspirations. “In this aspect, the Peace Prize is essentially political.”
“Qué Pasa Media” Article Details Najam’s Call for Immediate Climate Action
While the global focus on climate change has largely been on mitigation, Professor Najam argues that adapting to the threats of climate change is urgent, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable countries of the world.