NewsPublished 22 July 2020
Committee appointed to strengthen links with the SIDS scientific community
Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Australian Academy of Science are thrilled that three of the eight appointments to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Liaison Committee by the International Science Council are from the South Pacific.
SIDS are some of the most vulnerable countries in the world, facing unique challenges for sustainable development as they are particularly at risk to the impacts of climate change. This platform ensures that the issues they face are brought to the front line of scientific communities, and into conversations about our future.
The scientists making up the Committee come from a range of backgrounds and are based in different Small Island States around the world.
The Committee will be consulted on matters such as Ocean sustainability, and will work to bring other matters of significance to the attention of the ISC. They are expected to strengthen the ISC’s efforts to mobilise the scientific community in Small Island Developing States, and to ensure that research on and from the SIDS is brought to the awareness of global policy makers.
Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Australian Academy of Science assisted in the search for committee members to the International Science Council’s Small Island Developing States Liaison Committee as part of our wider South Pacific community. We would like to particularly congratulate our three successful nominations:
- Teatulohi Matainaho, Chief Science Advisor to the government of Papua New Guinea, and Chairman of the Papua New
Guinea Science and Technology Council
- Morgan Wairu, Acting Director of the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) at the
University of the South Pacific (USP)
- Saui’a Louise Mataia Milo, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the National University of Samoa