40th Annual Scientific Meeting slated


MANILA, July 12 — In line with the nation’s sustainability and resiliency goals as recently echoed in the Philippines’ “AMBISYON NATIN 2040” (Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag), and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development knowledge platform for 2018-2030, the Biological Science Division (BSD) of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has proposed the theme “Science and Technology-Enhanced Transformation for Sustainability and Resiliency (2018-2030) for its 40th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on July 11-12, 2018 in Manila Hotel, Manila. 

It can be recalled that the NAST has considered in its 2014 Round Table Discussions (RTDs) and 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) Philippine achievements and challenges in relation to the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to be achieved by member countries in 2015. The 8 MDGs have been replaced by the UN General Assembly with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) hopefully achievable by 2030. 

The NAST ASM 2018 through RTDs and regional workshop/conferences shall consider science based transformation of knowledge and research into potential goods and services for the Philippines’ path towards sustainability and resiliency. Although focusing on the 2018-2030 SDG knowledge platforms, (outline below) the transformative steps that shall be recommended or initiated shall draw from the challenges or gaps in the country’s achievements of the 8 MDGs. The integrative and indivisible nature of the 17 SDGs and 3 pillars of sustainable development i.e., economic, social and environmental (protection) shall be ensured. 

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The following are the objectives of the NAST 40th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM):

  1. Insightful review of the Philippine performances and achievements of the MDGs, and initiatives in relation to SDGs (6) Clean Water and Sanitation, (7) Affordable and Clean Energy, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (12) Responsible Consumption and Production, and (15) Life on Land targeted for 2018-2030.
  2. Make policy, action plans and other recommendations towards the Philippine’s “robust voluntary, effective, participatory and integrated” fulfillment of Philippines of abovementioned SDGs.
  3. Emphasize the country’s effort and initiatives on SDG (16) Peace, Justice and Strong Intuitions and (17) Partnership for Goals in relation to other SDGs. (NAST)

Source: PIA Feed