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The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced a continuing collaboration with China to reduce and mitigate natural disasters, pursue integrated coastal management, and convene a workshop and symposium on climate variability issues later this year. The announcement was made at the second meeting of the U.S. - China Environment and Development Forum during the Science for Sustainable Development Working Group held on April 9 at the U.S. Department of State.
"This Forum provides a unique opportunity to advance sustainable development in our two countries," said Commerce Secretary William M. Daley."Our discussions fostered a valuable exchange of information on issues that affect us globally and domestically. The Commerce Department, President Clinton and Vice President Gore all consider sustainable development a priority issue."
Since the last meeting of the Forum in Beijing in March 1997, NOAA had a key role in advancing several initiatives:
"The activities we announced today build on the strength of our relationship and focus our efforts in the fields of science and technology," said D. James Baker, NOAA administrator and under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, who earlier today represented the Commerce Department on the Science for Sustainable Development Working Group."As we approach 20 years of cooperation and collaboration with China, the critical issues of natural disasters, coastal management and climate will continue to be priorities for the future."
U.S. delegation members in the Science for Sustainable Development Working Group also included Neal Lane, the President's science advisor; Rita Colwell, director, National Science Foundation; Under Secretary James Schroeder and Under Secretary Miley Gonzales, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Kay Goss, Federal Emergency Management Administration.