British Consul General Lectures for the Global Issues Lecture

Sept. 22, 2009

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WACO, Texas -Paul Lynch, Her Majesty's Consul General of the British Consulate in Houston, will present "Do We Still Need Diplomats? A Case Study on Climate Change," at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Kayser Auditorium at the Hankamer School of Business on the Baylor campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Global Issues Lecture Series and presented by Baylor's Center for International Education.

Lynch's lecture will discuss what the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does around the world to provide global leadership on global issues. He will focus on the study of why the United Kingdom believes climate change is one of the most pressing issues of today. Lynch also will highlight how climate change will impact Texas, based on recently completed research by local experts.

Lynch has traveled around the world working for the Home Office and Cabinet Office in London and the Diplomatic Service. During his policy job for the Home Office, Lynch worked on prisoners' rights, police and race relations, the government response to the Royal Commission on criminal justice and the 2004 Criminal Justice Act.

Lynch has served in Tokyo as the First Secretary of science and technology and also served in the Commercial Section of the British Embassy in Tokyo. Lynch took over as Consul General in Osaka, Japan, in 2005, until he moved to Houston in 2007 to become the HM Consul General.

"The goal of these lectures is to expose and inform students, faculty and staff to events that have had a global impact," said Dr. Lilly Souza-Fuertes, coordinator of the Global Issues Series and director of Latin American studies at Baylor. "It is always a unique opportunity to have a different perspective on issues that affect us all."

For more information about the Global Issues Lecture, contact Fuertes at (254) 710-4531.

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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