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April 4, 2014

JAKARTA, April 7, 2014 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States today launched a program to place scientists in ASEAN ministries and help the region’s countries make greater use of science to improve public policy and support national development..

Managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program will support eight scientists as they work for one year in their home country ministries to expand the use of science and technology to analyze existing data in decision making.

"As ASEAN continues its community-building process, there is a significant role for science and technology to inform policy choices in many disciplines," said ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Deputy Secretary General Alicia dela Rosa Bala at the inauguration ceremony. 

April 4, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched the U.S. Global Development Lab, a broad partnership with universities and the private sector that will support innovative solutions in water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, education, and climate change aimed at reaching at least 200 million people in the next five years.

April 1, 2014

Delegations from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam met in Mandalay during March 23-26, 2014, to discuss policy, financing, and service delivery issues on migrants’ health. We recognize that migrants in the Mekong Region, a large majority being undocumented, are vulnerable to ill health and exploitation due to poor work and employment conditions, as well as inadequate legal and labour protection. Despite their contributions to host-country economies, they have limited access to health and other social services due to legal, financial and cultural barriers. When they do access services, the resulting expenditure is a major burden. There are inconsistent policies across sectors such as labour, immigration and health.

Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking Program
March 24, 2014

Law enforcement officers from Lao PDR and Thailand are now better equipped to stop wildlife trafficking after undergoing joint training at a major endangered species smuggling corridor.

March 21, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Justice Under Rule of Law in Society project began in 2012 and works to strengthen the rule of law and access to justice in select locations in China.

Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking
March 17, 2014

Senior officials managing some of Asia’s most important national parks and sanctuaries were introduced to new counter-poaching technology during an intense wildlife enforcement training course that concluded yesterday in Thailand.

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Last updated: April 17, 2014

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