On April 18th, 2018, Christina Schonleber, Director for Policy and Programs of APRU secretariat, visited the APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center and participated in the symposium held by the center. Attending the meeting were Zhu Xuan, assistant researcher of the Institute of Strategic Studies of the State Oceanic Administration; Xu Xianzhong, Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Department of the Third Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration; Xie Hui, Foreign Affairs Office of the Science and Technology Department; Du Jianguo, deputy researcher of the Ecology Laboratory of the Third Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration; Liu Zhenghua, Deputy Director of the APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center.
At the meeting, Ms Christina Schonleber and Deputy Director Liu Zhenghua introduced the overview and current work priorities of APRU and APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center respectively. Subsequently, ms Shawn Loeb and the participants in the symposium discussed several current important issues, including Sustainable Development Goal 14, APEC Marine Sustainable Development Report II, marine debris, blue economy and other issues. Both sides consolidated and developed existing cooperation projects, and reached preliminary cooperation intentions on a number of new projects.
APRU is composed of more than 50 top research universities in the Asia-Pacific region, including UCLA, California Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, University of South California, Stanford University, Tokyo University, Australian National University, Hong Kong University, Peking University, Tsinghua University etc.. The secretariat is established in Hong Kong to promote exchanges and cooperation between academia and policymakers and to jointly cope with crises in the 21st century. The APRU's visit to the APEC Marine Sustainability Center is a good opportunity to promote exchanges and cooperation between academic circles and international organizations and actively solve marine problems existing in the Asia-Pacific region.