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11th Regional Committee Meeting in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

On 12th and 13th April 2012, the Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean of ICSU (ICSU RCLAC) held their 11th meeting in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

ICSU RCLAC meets twice a year to discuss the strategic priorities of ICSU ROLAC and to monitor the progress of the work of the Regional Office. During their 11th Meeting, the Committee welcomed the new Committee Members Anthony Clayton (Jamaica), Humberto Rodríguez (Colombia) and Jerson Silva (Brazil). Luiz Davidovich (Brazil) joined the Committe as new ex-officio member, liaison to the ICSU Executive Board.

The Secretariat informed the Committee about the recent outreach activities of the Regional Office, its communication strategy, as well as the projected budget for 2012, and presented the draft 2011 Annual Report. Furthermore, the Committee was informed about and discussed the outcome of the ICSU grant programme 2012, ICSU's Future Earth Initiative, ICSU's role in the context of the Rio+20 process, as well as the ICSU Sida proposal. During the Meeting, the Regional Directors of ICSU ROA, Edith Madela-Mntla, and of ICSU ROAP, Nordin Hasan,  presented the activities and the strategic priorities of their Regional Offices.

As a work priority of ICSU ROLAC, the Committee discussed in detail the past and upcoming implementation activities of the four ICSU ROLAC scientific priority areas biodiversity, natural hazards, sustainable energy, and mathematics education.

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