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Priority areas - Angela Guzman ICSU ROLAC


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Presentation of Angela Guzman, ICSU ROLAC Scientific Officer, on the Priority Areas for the #ICSUFocalPointsinLAC workshop in Universidad de Panamá March 9-10, 2015

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Priority areas - Angela Guzman ICSU ROLAC

  1. 1. March 9-10, 2015, Panama, Panama Workshop of ICSU Focal Points in Latin America and the Caribbean
  2. 2. 1. Sustainable energy 2. Disaster Risk Reduction 3. Biodiversity 4. Mathematics education
  3. 3. 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Sustainable Energy: Follow- up Meeting Global-Regional Workshop on Sustainable Energy First Workshop on Sustainable Energy 10 Apr “Sustainable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Potential for the Future” “Sustainable Energy Systems for Universal Energy Access and to mitigate Global Climate Change" 15 Dec - 2 Jun Sustainable energy
  4. 4. Mission: - to be the scientific advising body for ICSU ROLAC - to propose and promote international cooperative strategic actions on SE - to foster initiatives on SE with global and trans- disciplinary perspectives ICSU ROLAC Steering Committee on Sustainable Energy (SE) Main objectives and lines of actions 1. Research, Development, Demonstration and Knowledge Management 2. Capacity building 3. Outreach and advocacy
  5. 5. Proposed research topics on SE 1.Improving efficiency in energy conversion, transportation, and consumption as well as in energy planning and management in order to resolve the problems of climate change while meeting the need for energy security. Energy efficiency research requires the introduction and adaptation of the latest available technologies for efficient buildings, efficient illumination, energy saving devices, etc. 2.Expanding and strengthening regional knowledge management capabilities for sustainable energy in cooperation with CODATA and relevant regional organizations, e.g., OLADE.
  6. 6. Proposed research topics on SE 3. Development of optimized energy matrixes that maximize the use of renewable energy sources at the local, national, sub-regional and/or regional levels to provide decision makers with scientific tools for sustainable energy planning and policies. 4. Development of micro-grid case studies together with vulnerable communities to improve local energy generation and distribution, and appropriate training for local management and maintenance of the micro-grid.
  7. 7. 5. Efficient expansion planning, operation, and management of Latin America power systems, including the updating of energy generation facilities, the integration of significant renewable power capacity, and feasibility analyses and research towards the implementation of smart grid technologies. 6. Design of regulatory frameworks to remunerate renewable generation in order to meet renewable targets in a timely manner while preserving the overall economic efficiency of the power sector. 7. Research on the positive environmental impact of interconnecting the power systems of neighboring countries and integrating national electricity markets. Proposed research topics on SE
  8. 8. 1. Develop a series of training institutes on sustainable energy for young social and natural scientists and engineers from the LAC region, where the participants will be faced with a real community in need of energy solutions. After attending lectures by leading experts and representatives of energy agencies and power utilities on the scientific, social, political, technical, and economic aspects of sustainable energy, the participants will be asked to design a project that provides a solution for the energy needs of the community. The proposal should include the analysis of local energy resources, the evaluation of the energy needs of the community, and the contemplation of specific cultural issues and possibilities of local engagement in the project. The best proposals will be presented to the authorities of the community and national science agencies in search of co-funding for the solution to be implemented. Capacity building projects on SE
  9. 9. 2.Develop a series of workshops on micro-grid and smart-grid technologies as building blocks of the energy grid of the future. Capacity building projects on SE Micro-grid
  10. 10. 2010 2012 2013 Regional Workshop on Disaster Risk Management in LAC, Argentina. 1st Meeting of the ICSU ROLAC SC on DRR Preparatory Meeting for the establishment of the Steering Committee ICSU ROLAC Steering Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction Consortium IAI-ICSU-UNESCO Inter- Institutional Committee, Ministry of S&T of Argentina Participation of young scientists Regional Preparatory Meeting for Hyogo2, Chile Agreement on the establishment of the ICSU ROLAC Steering Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction7 Sep “Understanding and managing risk associated with natural hazards: A comprehensive scientific approach for LAC” 2014 Disaster Risk Reduction
  12. 12. Work programme for the SC on DRR: a)Publish online the results of the consultancy. b)Expand the set of data including Brazil and keep the information updated. c)To hold annual activities starting with FLACSO activities in 2015. d)To plan an Education activity for the end of 2015. e)To outline the structure of an integrated workshop on science, policy and practice, to be held as an annual activity. f) To follow up on WCDRR in an electronic meeting in April.
  13. 13. Work programme for the SC on DRR: g) To establish contacts with the organizers of “Understanding risk” (GFDRR) to allocate the ICSU ROLAC capacity building activity with their conference. h) To recommend to the representatives in the meeting of the ICSU ROLAC with focal points to promote the creation of national committee of IRDR, showing the successful cases of Argentina, Colombia, and/or Panama. i) Discuss possibilities for FORIN in the next meeting: Training workshop and study cases. j) Meeting on sensitizing policy-makers will be discussed for 2017.
  14. 14. 2010 2013 2014 “Biodiversity and human well-being in LAC: A multi-sectorial contribution to the science-policy interface" “Biodiversity in LAC: an assessment of knowledge, research scope, and priority areas” Workshop on Biodiversity Science-Policy Workshop: Access and Benefit-Sharing for non-commercial academic research Biodiversity
  15. 15. Capacity & Networking Project (CANP) 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 II Taller sobre Enseñanza de las Matemáticas en América Latina ICSU-ROLAC Meeting on Mathematics Education in Latin America and the Caribbean Mathematicians and school math education Regional Workshop in mathematics education “Mathematics Education in LAC: a reality to be transformed” Massive Olympiads 13 May - 14 May Teacher training 14 May - 15 May Continued education for teachers 15 May - 16 May Repository of materials for Math Education 17 May - 18 May Cooperation 27 Jun - 29 Jun 2015 Math Education
  16. 16. Health and Wellbeing • Over half of the World’s population lives in urban areas • Urban population is increasing 2% annually • Urbanization presents opportunities and risks, and challenges for maintain and improving human health and wellbeing. • Systems analysis, which is explicitly designed to deal with complexity, and which draws on insights and inputs from diverse scientific disciplines, is an approach that has unique potential to address these issues.
  17. 17. Health and Wellbeing • An international scientific 10-year programme approved by the ICSU 30th General Assembly in Rome, October 2011 • In response to the interest of a number of its Members • Was included as a new priority in the 1st ICSU Strategic Plan, 2006-2011. • Build an ICSU interdisciplinary programme
  18. 18. Health and Wellbeing • Stimulating specific research projects • Developing new methodologies • Identifying data needs and knowledge gaps • Building and strengthening scientific capacity • Facilitating communication and outreach
  19. 19. Co-sponsors: the United Nations University (UNU) and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) International Programme Office: the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Xiamen, China. Dr Franz Gatzweiller is appointed as the new Executive Director. Launch of the International Programme Office: December 2014. Interdisciplinary science programme on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: a Systems Analysis Approach.
  20. 20. 1. Sustainable development 1.1 Sustainable Energy 1.2 Disaster Risk reduction 1.3 Biodiversity & Indigenous knowledge 1.4 Health and wellbeing 2. Mathematics and Science education