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Background

In view of the impacts and increasing disasters resulting from typhoons in the Asia-Pacific region, scientific collaboration and the developing of an appropriate monitoring mechanism are urgently needed.

 

During APEC 37th ISTWG held in September 2009, the idea of this case was first raised by the Director General of the International Cooperation Department, NSC, CT. NSC pushed this idea actively, commissioning National Taiwan University to form the team and worked together with, communicating with the Philippines intensively to plan the progress of the promotion. At 21st APEC Ministerial Meeting (2001) and the Informal Senior Officials Meeting (ISOM) this proposal was brought up , and the officials of each entity exchanged their opinions and sought consensus. The Deputies of APEC economies were also consulted outside the meeting, hoping to raise a more comprehensive idea in April 2010 APEC 38th ISTWG.

 

After several preparatory meetings and discussions, the Asia-Pacific Typhoon Workshop 2010 was held in Manila, the Philippines, on January 27-28, 2010. Besides the two hosting Economies (the Philippines and Chinese Taipei), Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the United States, Japan, and South Korea, more than 50 representatives of 11 Economies attended the conference. An unanimous resolution was reached to supportthe foundation of the APEC typhoon center, and named it as the APEC Research Center for Typhoon and Society, ACTS for short.

 

Right after the APTW held in January 2010, the plan was submitted to the 38th ISTWG APEC meetings by Chinese Taipei via formal procedures, and was listed in the Agenda. On April 22-23, 2010, the APEC 38th ISTWG held in Singapore, the report by Professor Ben Jong-Dao JOU, Principle Investigator of this program, was generally supported by economy entities in presence.

 

APEC Research Center for Typhoon and Society (ACTS) was formally established, based on the consensus reached in 39th ISTWG  APEC meeting, September 20-22, 2010, hosted in Sendai, Japan. On October 1, 2010, ACTS office and team members launched in National Taiwan University, Taipei.