The PRESDA Foundation is kindly inviting you to participate in the 2014 Asian Congress on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), held on August 6 – 8, 2014 in Hiroshima, Japan at the Kokusai Hotel Hiroshima in parallel to the Asia Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders.
The 2014 Millennium Development Goals Congress in Asia is an international event that will coincide with the 69th Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. Participants of the congress will be provided with a special invitation to the memorial ceremony. There will also be a free guided tour and a presentation by a survivor of the atomic bombing.
It has been fifteen years since the the leaders of 189 countries established the Millennium Declaration which outlined eight target areas of concern to be achieved by the year 2015. The MDGs emphasize shared accountability and reciprocal obligations among developed and developing countries for key development outcomes. In addition, the global MDG effort rests on the premise that participation of every member of society is essential to the attainment of these goals. Not only is cooperation needed between countries, but campaigns need to mobilize society and bring together different actors of society – governments, private sector, civil society, the general public and the media – to be successful.
The 2014 Millennium Development Goals Congress in Asia invites scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, doctoral students, and representatives from industry, entrepreneurs, and non-profit and non-governmental organization professionals.
Authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines. The range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental, and case studies.
The congress theme of The Future We Want: Perspectives on the Millennium Development Goals for Asia seeks to explore such issues and their links to the notion of sustainability through the combined and holistic lenses of an interdisciplinary approach.
Taking into account the wider themes of the goals and sustainable development, in general, the congress will focus on the following sub-themes:
- Education for Sustainable Development
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Agribusiness and Sustainable Fishing
- Climate Change and Sustainability
- Sustainable Business, Production and Consumption
- Global Governance of Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Energy Policies
- Utilization of Natural Resources
- Environment and Technology
- Economy and Sustainability
Also welcome are proposals related directly to the eight MDGs:
- Eradication of Extreme Poverty and Hunger
- Achieving Universal Primary Education
- Promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
- Reducing Child Mortality
- Improving Maternal Health
- Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
- Ensuring Environmental Sustainability
- Developing a Global Partnership for Development
- Universal Primary Education
Dr. Yuan-Fu Wang holds an M.D. in western medicine from Chung Shan Medical University, as well as an M.D. in traditional Chinese medicine from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine.
His practical medical experience includes serving as a visiting physician at the Department of Internal Medicine at the Tainan Municipal Hospital as well as working at and owning the private practices Wang Yuan-Fu Medical Clinic and Evergreen Medical Clinic. Currently, he is a physician at Chen-Hsing Clinic in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.
Apart from his medical duties, Dr. Wang is passionately involved with Rotary International. He served as the 2011 – 2012 President of the Rotary Club of Pa-Te Yang Te, Taiwan. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Dr. Wang led several missions to Japan to assist with humanitarian efforts.
Mr. Isao Aratani, an A-Bomb survivor, will discuss his life and the horrific events he witnessed on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was subjected to the world’s first atomic bombing.
Mr. Aratani was born in Hiroshima in 1931. He was exposed to the bombing at the East Drill Ground, 2.2 km from the hypocenter when he was a second-year student at Second Hiroshima Prefectural Hiroshima Junior High School. After graduating from university, he began working as a chemist at a paint company. For much of his life, Mr. Aratani has never told his story; however, after moving back to Hiroshima at the age of 69, he decided to share his story in the hopes that future generations will learn the horror of wars and embrace peace for eternity.
- Chairman: Gabriel Barhaim, PhD – Sociological Institute for the Study of Communities, Bar Il-lan University, Israel
- Ridhi D’Cruz, ABD – Department of Anthropology, Portland State University, USA
- Matthew Krystal, PhD – Department of Sociology & Anthropology, North Central College, Naperville, USA
- Prof. John Latzo – Division of Humanities & Social Sciences, Pohang University of Science & Technology, Pohang, Republic of Korea
- Bhimaraya A Metri, PhD – International Management Institute, New Delhi, India
- Oliver Rabara, PhD – College of Fine Arts, Knowledge Management, University of Northern Philippines, The Philippines
- Salvador Peniche, Ph.D. – Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Guadalajara, Mexico
- Prawit Puddhanon, Ph.D. – Faculty of Agricultural Production, Maejo University, Thailand
- Senior Advisor: John Stayton – School of Business and Economics, Sonoma State University, USA