Scientists and parliamentarians gathered in a meeting themed ‘Water Security and Insecurity: Rebuilding Peaceful Coexistence with Science’
The IPU Science for Peace Parliamentary Meeting was co-hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the (ICISE) International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education, and the scientific and educational organization Rencontres du Vietnam.
The meeting, held from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 September at the ICISE, located in the provincial capital city of Quy Nhon, was also being attended by IPU secretary general Martin Chungong and senior adviser to the IPU secretary general Mokhtar Omar.
Dialogue, knowledge exchange and partnerships
The meeting was aimed at facilitating constructive dialogue, knowledge exchange, and partnership building to develop effective strategies and policies to ensure water security for present and future generations. During the three-day event, participants were scheduled to join nine sessions to discuss in-depth topics about science and politics, earth observation programs as a tool to monitor water, and others.
Speaking at the opening session, Professor Tran Thanh Van, chairman of Rencontres du Vietnam, said that Vietnam joined others in a project to suggest the 2022-23 period as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on December 2, 2021. “This will pave the way toward sustainable development, a common goal of the IPU and the ICISE,” said Van.
Puting Vietnam on the map
Ho Quoc Dung, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said this meeting is the first event to realize a memorandum of understanding signed between the IPU and the ICISE. At this event, participants jointly discussed issues linked to water security and insecurity based on scientific approaches and values, Dung said.
The provincial Party chief also expressed his hope that the ICISE will serve as a destination for scientists at home and overseas to gather for sharing and exchanging scientific knowledge, contributing to sustainable growth of the province and the country.
This article has first been published by Tuoi Tre News and slightly adapted for time of publication reasons