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BRUNEI Initiative 2012

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BRUNEI Initiative 2012   10th SEE Forum meeting

21-23rd November 2012 Center Point Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

There are direct and indirect consequences on the economic development and growing population in Asia, such as increasing of food and water demand, energy demand, environmental damage and emission. Global warming and energy security are the most and challenging problems for achieving a sustainable human security in the region. Asian countries are expected to step up efforts to mitigate climate change so as to secure the environment and develop a sustainable society. Under these circumstances, from 21th to 23rd November 2012, Sustainable Energy and Environment (SEE) Forum, University Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Global Center of Excellence (GCOE) Energy Science, Kyoto, co-hosted a meeting of 10th SEE Forum in Center Point Hotel, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei.

The meeting was convened to further discussion on research, education cooperation, organization activities and future collaboration amongst members and brought together over 25 participants from 12 countries who committed to this objective. Emeritus Professor Susumu Yoshikawa of Kyoto University, Japan, and Professor Bundit Fungtammasan, JGSEE, Thailand chaired and co-chaired the meeting.

The meeting focused on 11 country report from each SEE member and observer countries, previous and current SEE activities, SATREPS India-Japan, Taiwan’s experiences on policies and action plan, report on ODA-UNESCO program, AUN/SEED-Net, Thai-Japan SATREPS proposal, YR feasibility studies, upcoming SEE activities (11th SEE meeting) in the Philippines together an international conference in 4-6 DECEMBER 2013 with main theme ‘operational excellence for green growth’ and sustaining the SEE activities through organization structure and continuous funding scheme.

The meeting also welcoming three observers; such as from Taiwan (represent by Prof. Lee-in Chen from Chung-hua Institution for Economic Research), from Sri Lanka (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rohan Senadeera. Open University Sri Lanka), from Iran (Dr. Hooman Farzaneh, Islamic Azad University, Tehran) and thanks for their contributions on presenting their country current status and research development on renewable energy and alternative energy. The membership process and procedures is under discussion.

As conclusion, various activities in research, education and networking had been established successfully such as ODA-UNESCO, AUN/SEED net, SATREPS, YR-JST and JST. Moreover the forum should consider its scheme to sustaining its organization and activities in term of research collaboration and source of fund. The future financial scheme under various schemes such as JST, ODA-UNESCO and SATREPS should be followed up. The organization structure and scheme should also be discussed and decide in the near future.

Last but not least, the Forum would also like to give a great appreciation and thanks to Prof. Tan Kha Sheng, Prof. Peter Hing, Prof. Jimmy Lim Chee Ming and UBD staff and students in general for their kind help and support on making this 10th SEE Forum done successfully.

On behalf of the SEE Forum,

Prof. Susumu Yoshikawa
             Prof. Bundit Fungtamasan