Wednesday, 16 January 2019

U.S. Mission to ASEAN Launches InnovASEAN

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  • TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The U.S. Mission to ASEAN today launched InnovASEAN, an online blog about the application of science, technology, and innovation to the development of ASEAN Community. The blog will be maintained and moderated by U.S. Mission to ASEAN Science Advisor Dr. Montira Pongsiri, an environmental scientist from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."The challenges facing the ASEAN region are diverse and complex," said U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden. "How can ASEAN ensure the sustainable use of the region's natural resources while protecting the environment, human health and well-being? What can be done to combat wildlife trafficking, which is reducing biodiversity and increasing risk of disease outbreaks? How can science be applied to predicting and responding to natural disasters? InnovASEAN aims to create a space where people from different backgrounds across ASEAN - scientists, business leaders, government officials, youth - can engage in dialogue about the ways science can inform policy decisions for the benefit of ASEAN's future."InnovASEAN will be published every two weeks, and will highlight topics that are currently being discussed within ASEAN and the global community. The blog will invite, and regularly feature, submissions from "guest bloggers" across the ASEAN region, who will offer perspectives from their fields of expertise.***