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APDR3 keynote address

I’m in New York City, where I gave the keynote address at a meeting on the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3) at the Rockefeller Foundation.

APDR3 began as a partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) to leverage our assets and work together in the Pacific region and has attracted supporters such as FEMA, The U.S. Japan Council and NOAA. The initiative was highlighted during last year’s APEC meetings, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding, outlining the intent of our partnerships with Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia, and unveiled in a major speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The project has grown exponentially since then, with a half a million dollar award from the Ford Foundation and another half a million dollars from the Rockefeller Foundation. Chevron USA presented us with a matching grant to support this growing initiative. We are thrilled. The grants will be used to design strategy and governance structure, and scope collaborative and cooperative projects.

The University of Hawaiʻi is extremely honored to house the beginnings of this institution, which will eventually include granting of executive degrees, training of workforces, research and other elements of a strong and ground-breaking academic program.

<p>At the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3), from left, Amir Dossal, the UN's chief liaison for partnerships and M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president.</p>

APDR3 meeting in New York

At the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3), from left, Amir Dossal, the UN's chief liaison for partnerships and M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and New York Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program Cecilia Martinez at a meeting on the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3) at the Rockefeller Foundation in December 2012. The United Nations Human Settlements Program is committed to creating sustainable housing worldwide.</p>

APDR3 meeting in New York

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and New York Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program Cecilia Martinez at a meeting on the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3) at the Rockefeller Foundation in December 2012. The United Nations Human Settlements Program is committed to creating sustainable housing worldwide.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at a meeting on the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3) at the Rockefeller Foundation in December 2012.</p>

APDR3 meeting in NY

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at a meeting on the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3) at the Rockefeller Foundation in December 2012.

<p>At the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3), from left, Wahyu Wilopo, S.T.M. engineering geological department, Gadjah Mada University; Densie Konan, University of Hawaii at Manoa professor and department of economics chair; M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president and Dwikorita Karnawati, professor in environmental and engineering geology and vice rector for cooperation and alumni, Universitas Gadjah Mada.</p>

APDR3 meeting in New York

At the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3), from left, Wahyu Wilopo, S.T.M. engineering geological department, Gadjah Mada University; Densie Konan, University of Hawaii at Manoa professor and department of economics chair; M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president and Dwikorita Karnawati, professor in environmental and engineering geology and vice rector for cooperation and alumni, Universitas Gadjah Mada.

Clinton APEC event at Mānoa

Daniel Inouye talking to M.R.C. Greenwood

Regent Teena Rasmussen sent this photo of Senator Daniel Inouye and me visiting at a November 10 APEC event, where we were the guests of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

UH Mānoa Ka Leo Associate News Editor Emi Aiko covered Secretary Clinton’s speech at the East-West Center on Thursday, November 10.

Read the full text of Secretary Clinton’s remarks, entitled America’s Pacific Century, on the United States Department of State website.

Business symposium panel on food security

M.R.C. Greenwood at podium with five panelists at table

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Catherine Woteki joined me for a panel I moderated for the Pacific Basin Economic Council Business Symposium on Food Safety and Security during APEC week.

The summit for local and visiting business leaders and government officials addressed a variety of issues facing many economies of the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Woteki, in her keynote address, noted the population of the world could climb to 7 billion by mid-century, and if that trend proves true, the world will need to double its food production to provide nourishment for the planet.

My panel included Dan Picutta of the U.S. State Department, Stan Tseng of Global Tracking Systems and Suzanne Case of the Nature Conservancy. The group addressed issues such as water and other precious resource management, the growth of GMOs, what farms of the future will look like and the pressing need to educate more young people in the agricultural sciences.

APEC, Hawaii and Vietnam

UH President Greenwood addressing APEC workshop in Hanoi

In addition to meeting alumni and addressing preliminary meetings and workshops to the APEC summit in Honolulu next month, my trip to Vietnam has afforded opportunities to remind our Vietnamese hosts of Hawaiʻi’s unparalleled position bridging East and West, both culturally and geographically. Above, I am addressing an APEC workshop in Hanoi. Below, Shidler College of Business Professor Tung Bui showed UH Foundation President Donna Vuchinich and me around the college’s popular Vietnam Executive MBA program, which was featured recently in Mālamalama magazine.

View more photos.

UH President Greenwood promotes Hawaii in Vietnam

Thoughts from Vietnam

Around 120 business leaders and government officials including representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President’s office gathered at Thang Long Ballroom, Melia Hotel in the center of Hanoi on October 4 for an impressive dialogue on how to expand investment and trade and to reduce barriers to businesses through the upcoming APEC Forum in Honolulu in November. The informational seminar, APEC 2011—Exploring New Opportunities for Vietnam, was sponsored and organized by the APEC 2011 Hawaiʻi Host Committee, National Committee for International Economic Cooperation of Vietnam, Foreign Trade University, APEC Study Center, University of Hawaiʻi and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was great to be a part of such stimulating discussion.

Hoang Van Chau and M.R.C. Greenwood

I also had a chance to meet and visit with Foreign Trade University President Hoang Van Chau (left), who leads what many refer to as ”The Harvard of Vietnam.“

A group of us, including some UH alumni posed at the main entry to campus (below).

UH graduates are everywhere throughout Asia and Southeast Asia!

It is rewarding to see our students serving their home countries and peoples.

More to come from Vietnam…

Group standing by outdoor sign

From left with President Greenwood, UH Shidler Vietnam EMBA Director Tung Bui, MBA alumna Pham Thi Hong Yen, FTU President Hoang Van Chau, UH Foundation President Donna Vuchinich, UH alumna DaoThi Thu Ha and Tho Dinh Nguyen

Higher education conference convenes

four people talking on lanai

College accrediting agency official Ralph Wolff, Vice President Linda Johnsrud and Chancellor Rota on arrival for the conference

The University of Hawaiʻi was honored to be chosen by APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation) and the U.S. State Department to host the officially sanctioned APEC Higher Education Conference August 4–6, hosting delegates from the education ministry and other high-level government officials from 20 of the 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. delegate to the APEC Higher Education Conference, was among the first day’s keynote presenters. Delegates considered the theme of the conference, Quality in Higher Education and what that means to colleges and universities in their home countries, among other topics related to their higher educational systems.

Read more about the conference.

Visiting Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

For a modest-sized state, Hawaiʻi has what is almost an embarrassment of riches in natural resources and location. Two of our islands’ most important institutions, the University of Hawaiʻi and the U. S. Pacific Command, have linked arms to work together on sustainability in energy, water resources and ability to withstand natural disasters. This is a direct result of a conference in January 2011, exploring how we can enhance our activities in these areas.

I was honored recently to sign a memorandum of agreement with Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, headquartered at Camp Smith, along with UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, formalizing our commitment to collectively work toward increased stability, security and resiliency for the state and the Asia-Pacific region.

This partnership is especially significant as we continue to plan for the APEC meeting in Honolulu in November, and as we continue to respond to natural disasters in the region such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Nursing students participating in humanitarian missions and internships at PACOM are just a couple of examples of how we can pool our resources and support each other. Check back for updates on more specifics as this partnership takes form in the coming months and years!

Mahalo nui to the U.S. Navy and the staff at PACOM for a dignified and extremely well-organized singing ceremony!

View photos from the ceremony in the slideshow and thumbnails below.