Pacific island countries need to include climate action in national development plans to lessen the economic costs of climate change.
Robert Guild is director of the transport and communications division at the East Asia Department. Prior to his current position, he was with the Pacific Department as director for transport, energy, and natural resources. He holds a doctorate in Planning and two master's degrees: one in Urban Planning and the other in Public Administration, both from the University of Southern California, United States. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, United States.