Global ramp up for world's biodiversity

CANCUN, Mexico: On Dec 4, more than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors.

    A day earlier on Dec 3, the countries adopted the Cancun Declaration named after the Mexican city where the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) known as ‘COP13,’ is being held.

    The Declaration represents an unprecedented recognition from the international community that biodiversity protection must involve different governmental and economic sectors and not just environment ministries.


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Jafri Malin appointed advisor to IYNA



PENANG: The Director and Founder of the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Centre for Neuroscience Services and Research (P3Neuro), the first in South-east Asia, Professor Datuk Dr Jafri Malin Abdullah (pix) has been appointed as the Advisor of the International Youth Neu-roscience Association (IYNA), based at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA.

     It is indeed an achievement to be proud of as he is the only Advisor in the Association that comes from outside the USA.

    He was among the pioneers who introduced and developed the field of Clinical and Experimental Neuroscience in Malaysia and in expanding it through the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

     “I am truly proud (with the appoint-ment) as Neuroscience USM has received this recognition, more so from the younger generation in the world of neurosciences,” he said.

      According to Jafri Malin, the expe-riences in establishing the first Neuroscience Club at the primary school level in Sekolah Kebangsaan Kubang Kerian 3 in Kelantan and at the secondary school level at Sekolah Menengah Sains Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra more than five years ago, and in conducting various activities on neuroscience have all made this appointment possible, and for those activities to be shared at the global level- USM