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Second Conference
May 13 - 15, 2002 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Theme: “Urgent Agenda for Asian Sustainability: Operationalising the Vision”
Organized by: Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and Science Council of Japan (SCJ)
In cooperation with: Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, Malaysia (MOSTE) and Institute for Environment and Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (LESTARI)

Second Conference About 50 scientists and policymakers from nine member countries (all SCA members except the Philippines, and major international, regional, and national scientific organizations participated in the General Assembly. The Academic Conference organized by the host country attracted about 100 participants.

At the Academic Conference, the Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and the Environment delivered the opening remarks, and the following three keynote addresses were delivered: “Emergence of Bio-age and Its Implication for Sustainable Development” by Prof. A. H. Zakri, Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University; “Sustainability Science: A New Paradigm” by Prof. Dr. Mohd Nordin Hasan, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Environment and Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; and “World Summit for Sustainable Development and the International Scientific and Technological Community” by Dato Ir. Lee Yee Cheong, President-Elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO).

Progress reports on the two SCA Joint Projects were also presented at the General Assembly. Malaysia reported on the Sustainability Science Project, and Thailand delivered the progress report on the Sustainable Development Indicators Project, focusing on SDIs in Thailand. Proposals for two new SCA Joint Projects were presented at the General Assembly, and six were presented at the Academic Conference. Participants showed strong interest in “Collaborative Research in the Field of Hydrology” presented by Prof. Tadashi Yamada of the Science Council of Japan (SCJ).

The General Assembly endorsed “The SCA Resolution on Sustainable Development in Asia.”

 Chairperson's Summary

Observers  (in alphabetical order)

  • Business Council for Sustainable Development, Malaysia (BCSDM)
  • Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
  • Institute for Environment and Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (LESTARI)
  • Institute of Economic Growth (IEG)
  • Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS)
  • International Council for Science (ICSU)
  • Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST), Malaysia Office
  • Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
  • Malaysian Scientific Association (MSA)
  • Pacific Science Association (PSA)
  • State Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia for Research and Technology (SMRIRT)
  • United Nations University (UNU)
  • University of Malaya