This website pretty much tells who Kevin Conrad is:
Mr. Conrad is presently Special Envoy and Ambassador for Environment and Climate Change for Papua New Guinea, founding Director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, and Adj. Assoc. Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Kevin Conrad is currenlty Papua New Guinea's UN represantative in New York.
Mr. Conrad is actively developing proactive strategies toward climate stability, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development. Much of Mr. Conrad’s time is now dedicated to the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, an intergovernmental initiative involving over 30 developing nations that seeks to catalyze new ecosystem service markets that better align market incentives and with sustainable outcomes related to tropical forests (www.RainforestCoalition.org).
In this role, Mr. Conrad is a lead negotiator for the G77 & China within the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) addressing the development of a new asset class of tradable carbon emissions credits designed to value standing forests and reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries (deforestation presently accounts for approximately 20% of global carbon emissions.)
Mr. Conrad’s corporate experience relates to investment banking, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures, new venture startups, hostile takeovers, divestitures, etc. He has worked for and advised both domestic and international companies related to global strategy, international investment, operations and strategic alliances. Conrad also has extensive management, investment, venture start-up and operational experience within developing nations working in agriculture, energy, sea foods, telecommunications, and textiles.
Mr. Conrad was raised in Papua New Guinea and subsequently earned a BS from the University of Southern California and MBAs from both Columbia Business School and the London Business School – receiving the ‘Distinguished Service Award.’
This person is trying to justify the actions of illegal loggers in developing nations. What is so peculiar about this Coalition for Rainforest Nations is that is was founded and initiated by PNG, now whose goverment do you think it was? Somare!! They are finding ways and means to rape the land of its natural resources (timber) and the notion of carbon trading is very suspicious and almost not viable financially.
Now this is a press release by Somare Snr, claiming that he has no knowledge of Mr. Conrad and vehemnetly denying any liks with this person what so ever.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE -
FROM MEMBER FOR MARKHAM, HON. ANDREW BAING
Parliament House, Monday, 20 JUNE 2005
I rise to respond to the 17 questions without notice directed to me by Hon. Andrew Baing, Deputy Leader of Opposition and Member for Markham and a further 5 supplementary questions by Hon. Isaac Taitibe, Member for Alotau last Thursday 9th June, 2005.
The allegations are wide-ranging and very serious. I see little merit but an attack on me personally, my family, the National Alliance Party (NA) my Government and the people of Papua New Guinea.
Let me categorically state that I am not aware of allegations especially those regarding the payment of K32 million and the previous business activities of Mr. Kevin Conrad.
I have no personal affiliation or connection with Mr. Kevin Conrad in his past activities in PNG," which the Member for Markham, Hon. Andrew Baing wants everyone to believe.
My only connection with Mr. Conrad is through the Carbon Trading Seminar I addressed at the Columbia University, USA last month.
My interest in Carbon Trading issues stems from the fact that Kyoto Protocol talks about reducing industrial emissions but doesn't address the issue of compensating the rainforest countries who are the lungs of the world.
Accordingly, I want to make sure there is a Phase Two of Kyoto Protocol where the rainforest countries need to be compensated through Carbon Trading.
In the latest Round Table discussions on the issue organised by the United Nations through the Columbia University, I received standing ovation/wide acclaim on the position I am taking.
I have for the first time put PNG on the world map on this issue. That is something all Papua New Guineans should be proud of. We have to take our rightful place and talk about these issues at International Forums. This will in turn bring in a lot of financial benefits to this country.
I have given the task of making my vision work to the Minister for Planning and Monitoring, Hon. Arthur Somare. It happens that the Minister is my son but I have no regrets because I know he will deliver as a Minister of State.
I am not engaged in any unlawful deals with anyone as has been the case with the Hon. Member for Markham who paid his cohorts K18 million as Minister responsible for the National Fisheries Authority (NFA).
When thinking about this outright stealing from the State, I think, I will now order an investigation into the K18 million stolen from the State. A thorough investigation should be able to identify and deal with those involved.
However, as I stated earlier, I have ordered a full investigation into the allegations raised by the Hon. Member for Markham and I will present a full report on the findings in two weeks time.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
One of the best websites on issues ranging from forestry to fishing in PNG is:
I encourage every PNGean to seek out the truth for themselves and uncover what is really happening and be willing to debate consicely and with fear of repisals and favour.
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