Professor Philippe Le Prestre’s Visit to Kuala Lumpur [fr]

Last week, Professor Phillipe Le Prestre from Laval University visited Kuala Lumpur as a guest speaker in conjunction of Le French Festival.


He delivered a public talk at University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC) about “Global Politics Revisited: Towards a Complex Governance of Global Environmental Problems.”


The topic is based on his latest book that was published this year by Routledge. Here’s an excerpt on his talk:

  • The French mindset, these days, has been and continues to be preoccupied with national elections, which have shown a profound desire to think anew about old problems (albeit in two opposite directions). But this did not extend to environmental issues that were largely ignored.
  • In that regard, the climate change negotiations are emblematic of a profound disconnect between, on the one hand, a discourse that reflects a questionable doxa, and, on the other hand, trends in international relations coupled with an actual negotiation process that indicate that progress follows other dynamics.
  • The COP21 model was a step in the right direction. But it, and other models, such as that of biodiversity, needs to be pushed to their logical implications that call for thinking about the contours, strengths, and weaknesses of a decentralized model of complex governance.

Beyond the public talk, he met with Puan Hafeezah Binti Abdul Halim, Principal Assistant Secretary at the Department Biodiversity management and Forestry at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE).


During his visit, he was also invited for interviews with local broadcasting stations such as BFM89.9 – Business Radio Station where he was interviewed by Juliet Jacobs for Earth Matters radio show and Astro Awani by Kamarul Bahrin Haron for Agenda Awani.


Le French Festival is currently ongoing until 18 June 2017 in three different cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu. Explore French cinema, music, art & architecture, gastronomy and more here!

Latest modification 25/07/2017

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