Belmont Forum was established in 2009. It develops science that is oriented to solving problems in order to build a sustainable and equal world. The forum promotes the plan of Future Earth, which collects existing strategies tackling global environmental changes and incorporates the vision and goals of members of the forum.
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) became a member of Belmont Forum in the annual meeting in Oslo, Norway in 2015. Prof. Yue-Gau Chen, Director of the Department of Natural Sciences and Sustainable Development, MOST represented the ministry to join the Steering Committee. Prof. Yu-Pin Lin from National Taiwan University Research Center for Future Earth is the host of the Belmont Forum Program Office, MOST.
Currently, Belmont Forum consists of 27 members and 23 partners. Its operation is guided by the Belmont Challenge, which states its vision for sustainable development, encourages transnational and interdisciplinary research, and strengthens cooperation between members and partner organizations. It is expected to provide resources to understand and solve problems caused by global environmental changes and strengthen transnational research capabilities. To achieve the above goals, the forum came up with Collaborative Research Actions, CRAs on a specific topic every year. Scholars from various countries are funded to establish cross-border cooperation projects to achieve goals listed in CRAs.
This year is the tenth anniversary of Belmont Forum. From October 21 to 25, 2019, the 10th anniversary and the 14th annual membership meeting were held in Taiwan. A total of 17 funding agencies and organizations, forum members, and partners across six continents were invited to witness the important milestone this international organization had reached.
Prof. Liang-Gee Chen, Minister of MOST, gave a welcome speech as the co-host of the event. He mentioned that MOST is proud to work with members of the Belmont Forum to contribute to sustainable development. He also raised concerns about climate change, which resonated with the international climate conference last month. In addition, he expressed Taiwan’s support for Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, which are the common vision of mankind.
The two chairpersons of this meeting are from the National Science Foundation and the Natural Environment Research Council respectively. They led the participants to review the growth trajectory of the Belmont Forum over the past ten years at the 10th Anniversary Meeting. They also discussed how to self-adjust and improve related issues in response to the changes in the global environment in the next ten years.
The anniversary was followed by the 3-day 2019 annual membership meeting starting on the 23rd. In addition to reviewing existing work, the agenda is more focused on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs proposed by the United Nations. The members also proposed various interdisciplinary research initiatives in the face of global environmental changes, including Beyond the Paris Agreement, Urban Blue and Green Spaces, Urban Transformation Capacities, Sustainable Consumption, Africa Regional Call, Migration, Sustainable Desert Cities, and other issues. It is expected that members of the forum can reach a consensus, launch various international cross-disciplinary research projects, and lead the world to overcome difficulties in sustainable development.
Oct 21-25, 2019
GIS NTU Convention Center
Apex Building, National Taiwan University
Ministry of Science and Technology
Belmont Forum Program Office