- Date2020/06/30 00:00
The 74th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting in COVID19 Era
The new form of severe acute respiratory syndrome, “COVID-19”, changes the ways of our daily lives as well as many international meetings. However, we can always find a way of connecting the world.
The CCOP* Technical Secretariat organized the 74th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting was on virtually over the video camera using the “Zoon” application on June 24th, 2020. The delegates from the 12 CCOP Member Countries*, Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the CCOP Advisory Group, and the Facilitator of the CCOP Strategic Plan Working Group participated the video conference.
*Participated CCOP Member Countries (06/24): Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao Pdr, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand
CCOP is the most influential regional Geoscience committee in Asia, and the Member Countries host Steering Committee Meetings and an Annual Sessions in rotations. Initially, Cambodia was supposed to host the 74th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting in last March, but the infamous “world-wide widespread” COVID-19 discourages this friendly international get-together. The all delegates sat in front of their computer monitors on synchronized time, and proceed with the new-way of conference. This is, perhaps, “A New Normal” in this post-corona era.
At the meeting, many agendas were discussed and reported. CCOP T/S reported that the Brunei Darussalam was newly joined the CCOP as the Member Country as of January 1, 2020. Of course, the ongoing CCOP projects were reported, and newly launching Working Group for the CCOP Strategic Plan 2021-2025 was discussed about long-term managing plans and directions. Lastly, the financial issues were importantly dealt.
The upcoming meetings, the 56th CCOP Annual Session and the 75th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting, was planned to be held on November 1~7, 2020 in Lombok Island in Indonesia. However, Indonesian delegates expressed their concerns about the gravely spreading COVID-19, and they will not be able to host the Annual Session and Steering Committee Meeting. On that particular matter, the CCOP T/S shows the understanding of the circumstances of global Force Majeure, and if the COVID-19 situations get better and the participating countries are more than half of the registered Member Countries, then the T/S would like to host the meetings in this coming November.