BAGUIO CITY, May 25 (PIA) - - The Benguet State University (BSU) is pushing for stronger collaboration with local and international RDEs (Research, Development and Extension) entities and institutions for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
BSU spearheaded the first International Conference on Food, Environment and Culture with the theme, “Fostering International Cooperation for Sustainable Development through Multi-disciplinary RDE” last week here. It was aimed to deliver analysis, inspiring visions and innovative methods arising from research in a wide range of discipline.
More than a hundred participants and research paper presenters attended the conference that also featured speakers from University of Georgia, USA; Chonbuk National University, South Korea; International Rice Research Institute, Philippines; World Fish Phl Office; Kanazawa University, Japan; Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Bangladesh; Jessore University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh; UN forest People’s Program; University of the Phl; La Trobe University, Australia; IFAD-APRACA FinServ Access Regional Project; and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Keynote speakers during the conference were Department of Science and T echnology Secretary Dr. Fortunato Dela Peña, who talked about the importance of science and technology and innovations in RDEs and its correlation to the SDGs, as well as the department’s agenda 2017 – 2022; International Center for Tropical Agriculture Director For Asia Dr. Dindo Campilan who discussed Food Environment Culture Nexus for a Climate – Resilient Future and Commission on Higher Education Deputy Executive Director Dr. Napoleon Imperial who tackled the challenges inherent in Philippine Agriculture Education and related fields, as well as the Higher Education Reform Agenda under CHED.
BSU President Dr. Feliciano Calora Jr. outlined that the conference is basically the partial summit of the Sustainable Development Goals especially on food security and addressing hunger; environment vis a vis climate change and sustainable communities, and culture that include the people’s adaptive capacity.
The SDG, officially known as “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is spearheaded by the United Nations involving its 193 member- states. It is a set of 17 global goals with 169 targets between them. (JDP/ CCD with Erika Javier-PIA CAR/UC Intern)