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ICSU ROAP Annual Report 2010

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Message from the Director

The year has been challenging with many activities completed. At the international level we raised our profile in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia. We also enhanced our links with national and international organizations such as the UNESCO office in Phnom Penh, the United Nations Environment Program Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP) in Bangkok, and with our national members in Australia (Australian Academy of Science AAS), and Thailand (National Research Council of Thailand NRCT). We will continue to foster links with other key partners and organizations in the coming years.

The Regional Office represented ICSU at the UNEP Major Group Facilitating Committee Meeting, the UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum, and the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environmental Forum, in Bali, Indonesia in February. We also participated as a co-organizer of the World Conference on Research Integrity that was held in Singapore in June, and in the 30th Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific that was held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. These meetings have important implications to the growth of many aspects of science in Asia and the Pacific.

The 9th Regional Committee Meeting was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia while the 10th Meeting in Canberra, Australia. Our National Member in Australia, the Australian Academy of Science graciously hosted the 10th Meeting and arranged a very useful forum entitled ICSU and Australian Science. The forum discussed current status of research on sustainability science and on urban health. While in Canberra a memorandum of understanding was signed with the Asian Association of Social Science Research Councils (AASSREC). It is hoped that this will provide the basis for closer collaboration between ICSU ROAP and AASSREC to achieve a more comprehensive perspective of issues related to the inter-linkages between science and society.

The ICSU ROAP Science Planning Group on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment began its work in July and we look forward to producing a comprehensive plan to enhance research on health and wellbeing in urban Asia and the Pacific by June 2011. The plan will focus on regional implementation of the ICSU plan on urban health and wellbeing. It will emphasise the systems approach in addressing urban health issues in the next decade.

We are encouraged that the independent joint review of the Regional Office by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia and ICSU was very positive and assuring about the growth and development of the Office. The review confirmed the positive role ROAP had played in the enhancement of science in Asia and the Pacific and makes concrete suggestions for further development. We look forward to further consolidation of ICSU ROAP in the coming years based on the recommendations of the Review.

Mohd Nordin Hasan

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