The New Urban Agenda was adopted in October 2016 at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. It is a result of a unique consensus among all participating states. The document sets out a common vision and global standards for urban development in the coming decades.
Due to its disaster-prone location, it is imperative that ASEAN is equipped with the necessary tools to inform its disaster risk management policies. Projects that inform ASEAN disaster risk management policy-making processes can decrease the effects of extreme climate events.
The ASDMP project seeks to promote “scientific and technical research programmes that study the causes and consequences of disasters and facilitate activities that promote and support the development of the means, methods, techniques, and equipment for disaster management, particularly in risk reduction”. Continue reading →
The YES Network is an international association of early-career geoscientists who are primarily under the age of 35 years and are from universities, geoscience organizations and companies from across the world. The YES Network was formed as a result of the International Year of Planet Earth in 2007. In 2009, in collaboration with the IYPE and under the patronage of UNESCO, the YES Network organized its first international Congress at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing, China. Continue reading →
The Malaysia Window to Cambridge (MW2C@UKM) is the culmination of a collaboration that was initiated in 2012 that led to the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust (CMEDT), in Association with the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre (MCSC) on 19 November 2013 to establish the Asian Network for Climate Science and Technology (ANCST). Continue reading →
This first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction after the advent of the Sendai Framework will be hosted by the Government of India in November 2016. As a follow-up from the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference outcome (2014) and as a requirement of the Sendai Framework, the intended outcome of the conference in India will be to adopt an ‘Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’.
This conference provides a forum for researchers, academicians and practitioners whom have been actively engaged and in aligned to improve on understanding of flood events and approaches to response, recovery and resilience based solution. Continue reading →
The 7th ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC), was successfully held from 20-21 July 2016, at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The attendance comprises of ASEAN country focal points to AWGCC and Malaysian government partners. The meeting was hosted by Government of Malaysia, with a technical support from Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia, as a country focal point to AWGCC. The welcome address was delivered by Hon. YBhg. Dato’ Sri Azizan bin Ahmad, Secretary General of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia. Continue reading →
The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction will be held on 23-24 August 2016, in Bangkok Thailand. The Conference will be organised by the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII), a public organisation under Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology, and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). They will be supported by UNISDR’s Asian Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), Future Earth, a research initiative on global environment change and sustainability, and other scientific organisations and networks. Continue reading →
The Final Planning Workshop on Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia was held in Hotel Jen Manila, Philippines, on 14-15 October 2015, with participants comprising government partners and science partners from ASEAN countries, as well as representatives of India’s counterpart to the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC) and the ASEAN Secretariat. This workshop was organized in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, Asian Network on Climate Science and Technology (ANCST), Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), University of the Philippines Los Banõs (UPLB), and University of the Philippines Diliman. The workshop was officiated by Professor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr, Chancellor of University of The Philippines Los Banõs (UPLB). Continue reading →