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29 November 2016

 

World Bank guidance on AMR threat and relevant steps against it:

 

      -World Bank Report: Drug-Resistant Infections: A threat to Our Economic Future

      -Key sections of the World Bank Report

 

Several examples of increased rather than decreased use of antibiotics in husbandry and human health:

     - Global trends in antimicrobial use in food animals, Van Boeckel et al 2015

 

     - Travelers Can import Colistin-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Including Those Possessing the Plasmid-Mediated mcr-1 Gene, Bernasconi et al 2016

 

     - Misuse of antibiotics in China’s animal husbandry industry – causes and economic  implications

 

 

 

   
 

24 November 2016

 

Sultan Qaboos Academic Chair Holder for Quantitative Water Management Prof. Dr Ruud Schotting Wins STW Open Mind Prize

 

In November 2005, on the occasion of His Majesty the Sultan’s 35th anniversary of his accession to the throne, the PA International Foundation and the Foundation The Netherlands-Sultanate of Oman took the initiative to establish and co-fund the Sultan Qaboos Academic Chair for Quantitative Water Management at Utrecht University, in The Netherlands. In the subsequent years Academic Chair Holder Prof. Dr Ruud Schotting developed a range of national and international research and exchange projects that would propel the Chair to international prominence. Among others, and at the instigation and initial funding of the PA International Foundation, research was focused at the development of subsurface manmade aquifers by using a refined ‘biosealing’ technology.

 

On 24 November 2016 this innovative idea was awarded a major science prize of 50,000 Euro by the Dutch Technology Foundation STW on the occasion of its 35th anniversary.

 

Please check Utrecht University’s press release that also includes a video describing the biosealing technology.

 

 

   
 

 

27 May 2016

 

Press release - Former Prime Minister Prof. Mark Eyskens: MCR-1 and NDM-9 in bacteria may soon cause global unstoppable superbug outbreak – Threat to global trade

 

In his letter to the G7 Leaders in Ise-Shima Japan, PA International Foundation Chairman and former Belgian Prime Minister Prof. Mark Eyskens warned against the first ever unstoppable bacterial outbreak that combines the MCR-1 and NDM-9 genes. MCR-1 makes bacteria resistant to the last-resort antibiotic colistin. NDM-9 imbues bacteria with resistance to beta-lactam bacteria, including last-resort carbapenem antibiotics. Truly horrifying is the fact that both genes are horizontally transferable; they can transfer resistance against antibiotics from one bacteria to another in both humans and animals. The combination of the two would make bacteria resistant to virtually all available antibiotics. Download the full press release.

 

   
 

25 May 2016

 

Letter of PA International Chairman to G7 related to AMR

 

Former Belgian Prime Minister Prof. Mark Eyskens, Chairman of the PA International Foundation, has sent a letter to the Leaders of the G7 prior to their Summit in Ise-Shima, Japan, warning for the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance, in particular that of combined MCR-1 and NDM-1 genes creating resistance against all drugs. The letter can downloaded here.

   
 

8 October 2015, Best, The Netherlands

Indonesian Business Networking Event

At the invitation of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague and Stichting Hibiscus PT. PA CSR Indonesia’s Chairman and PA International Secretary General Rio Praaning Prawira Adiningrat gave a presentation on the current investment climate in Indonesia in the framework of among others the New Silk Road. The PowerPoint can be downloaded here.

   
  7 June 2015, China National Convention Center, Beijing, China

6th Global Green Economy Prosperity Forum

PA International Foundation Secretary General Rio Praaning Prawira Adiningrat is invited to provide a presentation on ‘Antimicrobial Resistance and Overuse of Chemical Fertilisers and Pesticides: Multi-Sectoral and Multistakeholder Approaches for Safe Food’. The PowerPoint can be downloaded here.
   
 

May 2015

 

Help Nepal Effectively - a 9 USD water filter gives a family of five 12 months of safe drinking water

300,000 Nepalese families are still in dire need of clean water. How can this be resolved? Either by 300 companies or foundations like PA donating 10,000 USD; or through social media action with 300,000 persons each buying just one Nazava water filter for 9 USD. With the help of Qatar Airways and our partner organisations Acted and CECI, these water filters will be distributed in Nepal. So for 9 USD you may prevent the death or disease of one child. For more information and in order to donate, please click here.  


   
 

January 2015

Elite Opinion Poll on Low-Risk Pesticides


To ensure a sustainable future of European agriculture while it is further intensifying, the European plant protection industry is engaged to develop effective alternatives as part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems. PA International is currently carrying out a survey to gauge stakeholders’ opinions on the need to develop low-risk alternatives. These expert opinions will contribute to gain comprehensive insight on these matters. Please find the questionnaire of the ‘Elite Opinion Poll’ here.

   
 

October 2014

Elite Opinion Poll on Public-Private Partnerships in the European Pharmaceutical Sector

The European pharmaceutical sector is struggling with significant challenges, including the rising costs of drug development, increasing pressure to reduce the prices of medicines and treatments, and growing competition from other parts of the world.

Perhaps most worrying is that recent developments suggest a lack of industrial capacity to timely and effectively develop new drugs and treatments for deadly diseases. According to the World Health Organization, the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now resulted in over 4,000 deaths, with a further 8,400 probable and confirmed cases in seven countries. This is not the only health crisis facing our societies: according to estimates by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Antimicrobial Resistance results in 25,000 deaths each year in the EU alone. These deaths are expected to rise to unprecedented levels if antibiotics cease to be effective.

In an effort to address these significant health challenges, the EU launched the ground-breaking public-private Innovative Medicines Initiative in 2008. With a €196 million investment, the European Lead Factory, a joint public-private compound library, is the IMI’s major effort in speeding up the development of better and safer medicines.

In order to gather experts’ insights on these important issues which could be instrumental in shaping and ensuring the success of public-private partnerships such as the European Lead Factory, the PA International Foundation has launched an Elite Poll, which can be accessed here (until 14 November 2014).

 

   
 

30 May 2014

Elite Opinion Poll on Sugar and High-Intensity Sweeteners

Recently the World Health Organization presented preliminary advice on the use of sugar in the human diet. Simultaneously the first-ever full risk assessment of a high-intensity sweetener was completed and published by the European Food Safety Authority. PA International is organizing an Elite Opinion Poll on these developments. Expert opinions will be helpful to assess current insights on these matters within the European Union at the start of the newly elected European Parliament. You can access the poll online here.


   
 

11 October 2013

 

PA International congratulates OPCW on 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

 

The Board of the PA International Foundation and the management of the PA Group of companies warmly congratulate the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for having been awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

PA's founder and Managing Partner Rio Praaning Prawira Adiningrat was honoured to have assisted both the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the city of The Hague with the acquisition and subsequent format of OPCW in 1997. The OPCW was the first UN organization to be based in The Hague, The Netherlands. The PA International Foundation's archives contain an overview of all actions that at the time led to the successful vote and support for The Netherlands in the UN Disarmament Conference.

 

We wish the management and staff of OPCW every strength and success in their endeavours to completely ban the production and use of chemical weapons from our world.

 

 

Mark Eyskens

Former Prime Minister of Belgium

Chairman PA International Foundation

 

Rio Praaning Prawira Adiningrat

Managing Partner PA Group

Secretary-General PA International Foundation

 
For further information:
  • 'The Creation of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons - A Case Study in the Birth of an Intergovernmental Organisation', TMC Asser Press, 2007, by Ian R. Kenyon & Daniel Feakes
  • 'Den Haag, stad van vrede en recht', 2013; by Anika van den Wijngaard
   
 

12 August 2013

AntiMicrobial Resistance

The PA International Foundation is currently engaged in efforts to address the growing concern of AntiMicrobial Resistance (AMR). In its influential report “The Evolving Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance: Options for Action”, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that AMR is one of the most dire public health threats of our time. Caused by overuse and misuse of anti-infectives for human health and food production, as well as a lack of appropriate methods to contain the spread of infections, AMR inflicts substantial damage to societies and economies around the world. Consequently, and as we did in our Combating Malnutrition campaign (see further information elsewhere on this website), PA is working to establish a multi-stakeholder group to tackle the AMR crisis. As part of the preliminary preparations, PA gathered insights and opinions on the AMR issue from a diverse group of key stakeholders, amongst other through an Elite Opinion Poll.

A recent presentation by PA International to the ASEAN Secretariat on the AMR issue can be downloaded here.

   
 

8 June 2013

Global Nutrition for Growth Compact

Further to PA International's efforts in the fight against malnutrition our Foundation was pleased that on 8 June 2013 world leaders came together to sign a global compact that will prevent at least 20 million children from being stunted and save at least 1.7 million lives by 2020. The Global Nutrition for Growth Compact was endorsed by 90 stakeholders, including development partners, businesses, scientific and civil society groups. An ambitious set of individual commitments to beat hunger and improve nutrition were made including a 3.5 billion Euro financial commitment (see the website of Scaling Up Nutrition).

During the event in London speeches were given by amongst others Feike Sijbesma, CEO Royal DSM; Paul Polman, CEO Unilever; and European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs.

   
 

1 March 2013, Jakarta

Dra Kustantinah and Dr Ratna Rosita Hendardji new Board Members of the PA International Foundation

The PA International Foundation and supporting companies are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dra Kustantinah, former Chairperson of BPOM, the Indonesian Food and Drug Agency, and Dr. Ratna Rosita Hendardji, former Secretary General of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, as new Board Members of PA International. Read the full press release here.

 

   
   
 

5 December 2012, Brussels

Combatting Malnutrition: An All-Stakeholders Breakthrough Summit

For further information please click here.

   
 

30 June 2012, Tokyo

Ageing-related diseases: From Treatment to Prevention

For further information please click here.

 

   
 

26 June 2012, European Parliament, Brussels

Multi-Stakeholder Initiative on Nutrition

High-Level Meeting with Commissioner Andris Piebalgs

During this meeting Commissioner Piebalgs received the Multi-Stakeholder Report on Nutrition and EU Development Policy - A Time for Leadership: Europe's Role in Eradicating Global Undernutrition' (download). This report on effectively Combatting Malnutrition is the result of an intensive engagement with all key groups of stakeholders within the development and nutrition communities at the international, European and national level in both donor and developing countries. This multi-stakeholders group was established following the high-level international conference held by the PA International Foundation in Brussels on 8 November 2011.

   
 

 

8 November 2011, Brussels

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Combatting Malnutrition through Sustainable Interventions:

EU-ASEAN Relations as a Key Driver

   
 

22-24 September 2011, Xi’an

Euro-Asia Economic Forum ‘Innovating Euro-Asia Cooperation, Sharing Transformation Opportunity’

This Chinese Government conference was held in Xi’an, China to further boost the practical cooperation and coordinated development of all Eurasia countries, reinforce the economic cooperation and intercommunication mechanisms across the area and establish an all-round multilayer platform for cooperation between China and other Eurasia countries so as to jointly tackle all challenges in the Post Financial Crisis Era.

The 2011 Euro-Asia Economic Forum, led by Secretary-General Mr. Zhang Deguang - who is also Chairman of the think tank of the Foreign Ministry, CFIS - was co-organised by the PA International Foundation.

   
  September 2011, Japan

MOU between PA International and Tokyo University

In Tokyo the PA International Foundation recently agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the prestigious Tokyo University (Todai). Established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan, Todai until this day is one of Japan’s leading research universities and ranks among the highest in Asia.

In March 2012, PA International will co-organize a major international Conference with Todai, titled “Ageing: Explore the Role of Nutrition to Prevent Unnecessary Diseases and Reduce the Health Care Budget”. The research leading up to this Conference is headed by Professor Satoshi Sasaki, Head of the Department of Social and Preventive Epidemiology of the School of Public Health at Tokyo University. The research will base itself on statistical analysis of and correlations between ageing, increasing prevalence of diseases, nutritional deficiencies and nutrition as preventive intervention. Working groups/panels that will include Japanese and foreign high level experts in the fields of gerontology, nutrition, child welfare, socio-political development and consumer interests will be invited to discuss the research prior to the Conference.

Participants to the major International Conference will include international experts and Japanese key stakeholders including relevant Government authorities, consumer associations, medical doctors and patients organisations, insurance companies, and industries. Several key members of Parliament have agreed to address the Conference.

More information on this Conference will be provided in due course via the website of PA International.

 

   
 

17 May 2011, Japan

Interview Rio D. Praaning Prawira Adiningrat and Martin Van der Linden in The Japan Times

The Oranda-jima Child Refuge Foundation (Non-Profit Organisation) will construct a Child Play & Care Center and Elderly Bath Facility in Yamada-machi (Japan) after the town was struck by a tsunami on 11 March 2011 as the result of an earthquake. This center, an initiative of the PA International Foundation, will be a place for children to play, receive post trauma assistance and other forms of support including optimal nutrition and for elderly people to make use of the bathing facilities.

The Japan Times interviewed Rio D. Praaning Prawira Adiningrat (Managing Director of the PA International Foundation) and Martin Van der Linden (architect of the Center, Van Der Architects) on the initiative and its goals.


>> Read the article

 

   
 

9 May 2011, IWHR Headquarters, Beijing


China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) and PA International Sign MOU for a High Tech Water Management Cooperation Project in China


On 9 May 2011 the renowned Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) of the People’s Republic of China and the PA International Foundation (PAI) signed an MOU in the IWHR Headquarters in Beijing to prepare and execute a mitigation test in China for drought problems. The signing ceremony follows an initial multi-disciplinary research mission funded and organized by PA International with the support of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the South-Western Chinese Province of Yunnan in May 2010.

The science part of that mission was led by Prof Dr Ruud Schotting, currently holder of the Sultan Qaboos Academic Chair for Quantative Water Management at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Delegation leader Rio Praaning Prawira Adiningrat represented the PA International Foundation, the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and the Chinese International Ecology Institute IESCO.

>> Read more

Signing of the MOU

 

   
 

1 April 2011

The sunshine supplement: Vitamine D deficiency in focus

Parliament Magazine's supplement "The sunshine supplement: Vitamin D deficiency in focus" is now available.

                 

>> Download supplement


   
 

23 March 2010, European Parliament, Brussels

Vitamin D Nutritional Policy in Europe

The Need for Prevention, Education & Consumer Choice

Visit our dedicated Vitamin D website!

 

   
 

21-22 June 2009, Beijing

International forum on Food Safety and Ecological Safety: New Regulations, New Technologies, New Opportunities

The conference, organized in the Beijing International Hotel by United Nations University in Tokyo, the China Foundation for International Studies and the Public Advice International Foundation, with the co-sponsorship of the International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organisation (IESCO), focused on the importance of ensuring both food safety and food quality through improved Governmental regulations, standards and inspection regimes, as well as through the augmented responsibilities of industry to ensure sufficient levels of quality and safety in their own production.

The following documents are available for downloading:

   
 

1 March 2008

International Roundtable Conference

on “Food Safety: International Trade, Sustainable Production, Social Responsibility"

On 1st March 2008 the Public Advice International Foundation, the United Nations Universityand The Tokyo Foundation co-sponsored this international roundtable conference at the UN House in Tokyo in order to shed more light on the backgrounds of and possible solutions for food safety issues.

Based on the conference the United Nations University published a Policy Brief on Food Safety and Trade Liberalization in an Age of Globalization.

The following conference documents are available for downloading:

Click to see enlarged image

 

This International Roundtable Conference was the third conference about food safety organized by PA International. More information on the past conferences in Berlin and Brussels can be found here.