March 4, 2015 SSEESS at Future Earth Regional meeting in Japan

Paul Shrivastava, treatment the newly elected Executive Director of Future Earth, pharm recently expressed a strong interest in regional engagement at a meeting about potential regional functions and structures of Future Earth. Shrivastava said that regional structures and activities would be a crucial part of Future Earth. Neda Farahbakhshazad, SSEESS Scientific Adviser, emphasised on the important role that Sweden could play in this context.

The event took place at the UNU headquarters in Tokyo on 23-25 January 2015. It was held back to back with the 5th International Conference on Sustainability Science.

Sweden’s contribution to Future Earth Regional Tasks

Neda Farahbakhshazad, representing SSEESS and Sweden in the Future Earth Regional meeting, argued that the Swedish Future Earth hub could make a valuable contribution not only to the global but also to the regional Future Earth activities in the future. This is due to Sweden’s long tradition and experience in engaging with developing countries, including the unique role of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in research capacity building in the regions.

According to Farahbakhshazad, it is also important that SSEESS continues representing Swedish GEC funders in the Belmont Forum to maintain Sweden’s role in coordinating GEC research funding.

Outcome of the Future Earth Regional meeting

The Future Earth Regional Task Team drafted a guidance document for the Regional Engagement in Future Earth. A final version is expected to be presented to the Future Earth Governing Council in spring 2015.

In addition: 3rd International Workshop on Future Earth in Asia

Neda at RIHN in Japan 2015The 3rd International Workshop on Future Earth in Asia took place at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) on 21-22 January 2015. RIHN is the current Future Earth Hub for Asia and Pacific. Neda Farahbakhshazad took also part at this meeting where she represented Sweden.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the Future Earth Strategic Research Agenda 2014 and its relevance for Asia, as well as how the Asia-based research fits into the global agenda. The meeting panel discussed different formats and functions of Future Earth engagement in the region, e.g. thematic centres, hubs, networks, regional committees, national committees, etc.

It was decided that a Regional Advisory Board in Asia will be established through a nomination process organised by RIHN. This Advisory Board will then work towards the establishment of a Regional Committee for Future Earth in Asia.