Dr Janine Hayward
Department of Political Studies, University of Otago

Ms Marjolein Righarts
Department of Political Studies, University of Otago

Since its inception in 1966, the Otago FPS has enjoyed a steadily growing reputation, and is now regarded as the premiere event on New Zealand’s international relations calendar. It attracts prominent international academics, journalists, diplomats, and private and public sector officials, along with interested members
of the public from around the world.

Customarily opened by NZ’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the FPS is purposely limited to 180 attendees and 15 speakers, and takes place in the congenial atmosphere of Salmond Hall, one of Otago University’s halls of residence.

In recent years, FPS titles have included “Human (In)security: Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals?”; “Globalization and International Trade Liberalization;”; “Universal Human Rights?” and “Security in a Post-Cold-War World.”

FPS papers are anthologized in book form and now constitute an important body of scholarship.



In the 21st century environmental change is a serious issue, but the evolving international context in which it is occurring has limited policy making at the highest levels. In particular, since 9/11 the international system has, arguably, focussed less on so called ‘soft’ foreign policy issues, such as the environment.

But there is growing alarm over the rapid rate of environmental degradation. The debate about climate change is forcing environmental issues back to the highest levels of international diplomacy and policy making agenda. Despite this, little to no headway is being made in regard to global governance on environmental issues. Now with mounting evidence that the changing climate is having large scale human and financial impacts on the world’s most influential countries, (especially
the USA) we must ask why this, and other highly interrelated environmental issues are not being addressed with the urgency that they deserve.


Salmond Hall, 19 Knox Street, Dunedin

Dates and Times

Registration for the School is in Salmond Hall’s foyer between 5.30pm and 7.00pm on Friday 22 June. A light buffet meal will be served, and the opening session commences at 7.00pm. The School will close at approximately 1pm on Monday 25 June.


(includes GST, Friday evening refreshments and light buffet meal, Saturday and Sunday lunches, and morning and afternoon teas)

Before 31 May 2007 $285NZD
After 31 May 2007 $335NZD
NZIIA Rate $260NZD
Student Rate $125NZD

Accommodation and Meals $215NZD
Salmond Hall, Includes 3 nights Bed and Breakfast, Saturday and Sunday Dinner
Total Amount Enclosed: $NZ
Payment should be made by cheque.
All cheques are payable to the University of Otago and should be noted “Not transferable”
GST: 11-163-831

To obtain an enrolment form or for further
information contact:

You may download an enrolment form here.

Please return this form and cheque to

Conference Co-ordinator
Foreign Policy School
University of Otago / Te Whare Wananga o Otago,
73 b Cannington Road,

Tel 64 3 4667 137,
Fax 64 3 479 9045

Keynote Address

Rt Hon. Winston Peters
New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade (Wellington)

Confirmed Speakers

(topics and speakers are subject to change)

Naomi Biribo_Atauea
University of the South Pacific
"Coastal Issues for a Low-Lying Atoll, Tarawa, Kiribati”

Oliver Brown
Project Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development
“Environmental Change, Natural Resources and Conflict”

Lucien Chabason
Institut du Development Durable et des Relations Internationales France

Peter Cozens
Director, Centre for Strategic Studies, NZ
“Oceans Governance and Policy”

Blair Fitzharris
Emeritus Professor University of Otago, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change NZ/Australia
“Impacts and Vulnerability of Developed Countries to Climate Change: New Zealand and Australia as Case Studies"

Jeanette Fitzsimons
Co-leader, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
“Environmental governance from a political perspective”

Karen Litfin
Associate Professor, University of Washington U.S.A.
“Efforts of Non-State Actors (Voluntary Corporate Initiatives, NGOs etc) to Address Global Warming”

Bunny McDiarmid
Greenpeace New Zealand

Vicky Pollard
Directorate-General for the Environment, European Commission
The EU's response to climate change: the emissions trading system

Helen Stokes
International Trading Schemes, Department for Environment UK

John Whitehead
Secretary of Treasury, New Zealand

Jan Wright
Parliamentary Commission for the Environment NZ
“The State of the Environment – an overview of issues”



Otago Foreign Policy School is grateful for the support of:

Australian High Commission, Wellington
British High Commission, Wellington
Caversham Foundation, Dunedin
Centre for Strategic Studies, VUW
Delegation to the European Commission, NZ
Embassy of France, Wellington
Embassy of the United States of America
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NZ
New Zealand Green Party
Office of The Parliamentary Commission for the Environment, NZ
Pacific Island Fund, NZ
Treasury, New Zealand


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