Rising international tensions over resource scarcity and
concerns about fracking will come under the spotlight at the
University of Otago's latest Foreign Policy School.
A high-powered line-up of national and international speakers
will grapple with the issue of global resource scarcity at
the 49th annual school.
Titled ''Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or
Collaboration?'', the latest school will focus on issues
including access to valuable ''rare earth metals'', the wider
effects of hydraulic fracturing, and China's quest for
natural resources in the South Pacific.
The school is being held at St Margaret's College, Dunedin,
on June 27-29.
Dr Marcelle Dawson and Dr Chris Rosin, both of Otago
University, are co-directors.
About 100 people are expected to attend the school, which
will be opened by John Allen, the chief executive and
secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Other leading speakers include Andreas Lindstrom, of the
Stockholm International Water Institute, Sweden, as well as
Dr David Tickner, chief adviser, freshwater, at the World
Wildlife Fund, in Britain, and Iosefa Maiava, who holds a UN
post in Fiji.