Sixth Meeting of the ICG/PTWS Regional Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System in the South China Sea Region
CGSS team was invited to attend the Sixth Meeting of the ICG/PTWS Regional Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System in the South China Sea Region, held on 1-3 March 2017 at Ocean Hotel, Shanghai, China. The meeting was to discuss on the progress on the development of the South China Sea Tsunami Advisory Center (SCSTAC) and other arising matters. The meeting was attended by several tsunami experts from countries within the South China Sea region; Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines. CGSS team was invited to be the observer for the meeting and was given the opportunity to present the progress of the collaboration project between CGSS and UNESCO IOTIC to get input and comments from the experts. The team also took the opportunity to create network with other delegates pertaining to disaster risk management.
Farewell Ceremony for CGSS Director
CGSS bid farewell to Prof Dr Kamarulazizi Ibrahim who will be retiring on 13 March 2017. The farewell ceremony was attended by CGSS council members, his current and former colleagues, staff, and students from CGSS and other schools in USM. Prof Dr Kamarulazizi was the third person to be appointed as the director of CGSS and took over the leadership from the former directors, Prof Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid and Assoc Prof Dr Norizan Md. Noor from 2013 until 13 March 2017. After his retirement, CGSS will be lead by the new director, Dr Suzyrman Sibly, the deputy director of CGSS.
SDGs in Higher Education in Malaysia
A discussion on Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education in Malaysia was successfully held on 8 February 2017 at CGSS Conference Room. The discussion was attended by lecturers and students from different schools in USM. CGSS Director and senior lecturers started the morning session by presenting their views on SDGs and explaining the indicators related to the higher education context in Malaysia. The evening session focused on giving input and idea on how higher education in Malaysia could help in achieving the goals.
UNESCO JAKARTA-CGSS Collaboration Project
The Programme Officer of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre– UNESCO/IOC, Ardito M. Kodijat visited CGSS on 21 December 2016 at CGSS Building, USM. The visit was to discuss and strengthen the communication with regard to a collaboration project between UNESCO Jakarta and CGSS.
SEASN 4th Board Meeting & International Conference On Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2016)
SEASN organized its 4th Board Meeting and International Conference On Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2016) on 7 to 8 December 2016 at Universiti Sains Malaysia. The conference was launched by YBhg. Datuk Prof Dr Roziah Omar, representative of the Deputy Director of Higher Education Malaysia. The conference supported by the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO is aimed to seek strong collaboration and cooperation among all organisations in South East Asia Countries in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Deputy Director of CGSS, Dr Suzyrman Sibly was invited to the official launching ceremony of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC) on 8-9 December 2016 at Sunway University. The purpose of the centre is to support and execute extensive collaboration on sustainable development as the global community led by the United Nations starts the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy & Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions
CGSS director, Prof Dr Kamarulazizi Ibrahim participated a three-day (23-25 November 2016) international conference, Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy & Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions, hosted by UNESCO and Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) at PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The participants of the conference were given the opportunity to discuss on the thematics areas of SDGs (1,2,3,6,7,9,11,15,17) and propose guidelines and strategies to make use of the resources; water, energy and food security, more effectively.
MSDP Students Visit Bandung City
Seven MSDP students paid a visit to Bandung, Indonesia to meet the Bandung City mayor, Ridwan Kamil at Bandung City Meeting Room on 22 November 2016.
Public Talk 5 on Sustainable Development Series- What are We Losing from Nature?
2 November 2016- CGSS hosted its fifth public talk series on Sustainable Development on 1 November 2016. The title of the public talk was What are We Losing from Nature which was delivered by the senior lecturer of School Industrial Technology USM and the council member CGSS, Dr Muhammad Izzuddin Syakir Ishak at SK3 Hall, USM.
Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum
CGSS Director, Prof Dr Kamarulazizi Ibrahim attended the Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 17-19 October 2016, organized by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) and hosted by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment of the Government of Sri Lanka.
He was appointed as one of the forum speakers in which he shared his experience and knowledge with regard to his project titled Building Capacity for Reducing Loss and Damage Resulting from Slow and Rapid Onset Climatic Extremes through Risk Reduction and Proactive Adaptation within the Broader Context of Sustainable Development in the forum session; Collectively Addressing Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Loss & Damage. The project is the second project which was awarded to him by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN-GCR) in 2015.
The forum with the theme “Adapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice” aims to bring together policymakers, scientists, donors, youth, and representatives from over 50 countries.
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Public Talk 4 on Sustainable Development Series- 2020: Fantasy or Reality?
27 September 2016- CGSS hosted its fourth public talk series on Sustainable Development on 27 September 2016. The title of the public talk was 2020: Fantasy or Reality? which was delivered by the senior lecturer of CGSS, Dr Radieah Mohd Nor at SK3 Hall, USM.
WSSD-U-2016 @ MIT
CGSS Director, Prof Kamarulazizi Ibrahim attended the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA from 14-16 September 2016. He presented three papers titled 1) The Sustainability Journey of USM: Solution Oriented Campus Ecosphere for Vitalising Higher Education Action on GAP, 2) Increasing Student Participation and Engagement in Sustainability Projects in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) through Kampus Sejahtera and WSU101: Sustainability Course for Undergraduates and 3) Energy Consumption in Student Hostels of Universiti Sains Malaysia: Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Awareness at the event. The WSSD-U series; the world´s leading series of events, aim to offer a platform in which academic, technical and support staff concerned with sustainability issues at universities may meet, interact and exchanges ideas and information. The event is also aimed at promoting innovative approaches, methods and projects, thus furthering the cause of sustainability at universities. It encompasses, teaching, research, campus greening and extension. WSSD-U-2016 was expected to gather up to 200 participants from over 25 countries.
The next WSSD-U will be hosted by Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2018. For more information about the event, please click here