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Driven by the severity and frequency of disasters, Australia is on the cusp of a transformation – according to Dr Robert Glasser. As the former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert has travelled extensively and worked with Governments across the world, witnessing a siloed approach to climate risk and disaster risk. In Australia, Robert says the usual approach following a major disaster would be to call for an inquiry or Royal Commissioner, however the impact of cascading disaster events is forcing a rethink on our approach consider climate change and disaster risk more holistically.

In this episode, Andrew and Josh ask Robert how he rose to become one of the most senior figures in the United Nations, what more it will take to see real action on reducing disaster risk and the impact of climate change on our national security – given the risk facing our neighbours in the Pacific.

Tune in as we discuss all this and more on Australia’s leading disaster podcast.

Dr Robert Glasser speaking at the United Nations in New York
Dr Glasser with Andrew and Josh in Canberra
Dr Robert Glasser

Dr Robert Glasser is the Head of the Climate and Security Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). He was previously the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and a member of the Secretary General’s Senior Management Team.