By Liu Zhimin, Huang Weihai and Liu Xiaoguang
The GCHERA Steering Committee meeting and Board Assembly were held on 22 October on the occasion of the GCHERA World Agriculture Prize Ceremony in NAU, China. The Board members Philippe CHOQUET, Ian Maw, ZHOU Guanghong, Simon Heath, Nampala Paul, David Acker and Steering Committee members Zhimin(Jimmy) Liu, Joseph Wakim etc. participated the meeting.
The meeting approved the Minutes of the General Assembly on 28 October, 2012 in Uruguay, GCHERA annual report. Philippe CHOQUET introduced the history of the relationship between GCHERA and GFAR and the recent evolutions in terms of governance for GCHERA, whose Chair of the Board is now considered as a permanent member of the GFAR Steering Committee. GCHERA will hence reinforce its strategic density and have the insights to build a global strategy. GCHERA would commit to identify and spread best practices within the network i.e. with already existing joint conferences between regional associations (APLU-CFAVM-ICA and AMEAS joint conference on climate change that is going to be held in 2014).
The Meeting also discussed the action plan for GCHERA 2013-2015 -- how to build capacity in all our higher education institutions. In this view it was proposed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with all the regional associations. This Memo would lead GCHERA members to discuss the benefits of belonging to the confederation. The meeting also discussed the GCHERA Conferences in 2014-2017, such as NUBIP (National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine) Conference in Ukraine Nov. 2013, AMEAS and APLU-CFAVM-ICA Conference in Mexico April 2014, GCHERA Global Conference in Lebanon 2015, GCHERA Conference call for 2017.
Report from Philippe CHOQUET announced that the call for nomination to the Chair of the Board was successful: Dr. John Kennelly from Alberta University was nominated and seconded by APLU and ICA. Election by board announced that John as new president of GCHERA. Philippe CHOQUET expressed his deep thanks to all board members for their commitment.
GCHERABoard / General Assembly held on Oct.22, 2013 in NAU, China.
Acknowledge: All the pictures are provided by News Agency of NAU