APN’s vision is a dynamic and responsive Asia-Pacific community effectively addressing global change and sustainability through innovative and transdisciplinary research and capacity development activities that support policy development and implementation, as well as enhancing the role that civil society organizations and the private sector can play.
APN’s mission is to support a cohesive and interactive community of global change researchers, policymakers, practitioners and civil society across the Asia-Pacific region through innovative and transdisciplinary approaches that draw upon the extensive network of science-policy practitioners. An integral part of its mission is to support and promote the scientific investigations of changes in the Earth’s life support systems and their implications for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The APN contributes to the realization of these investigations through:
- Supporting research and science-based response strategies.
- Effectively linking scientific outcomes with policy mechanisms applicable to all levels of governance and societal sectors in each country.
- Scientific capacity development within and beyond governments, including affected communities and other members of the civil society.
Global change affects all countries, and its impacts and the ability to measure and understand these impacts intersects different disciplines. Therefore, APN strives to address global change and sustainability in a holistic approach that involves the active participation of all member countries across a broad spectrum of different challenges.
The ability to connect governments, the private sector and civil society has also become more urgent to accelerate the use of innovation and applied science to address the impacts of global change. The role of the private sector in the APN subregions will be explored for the delivery of research outcomes and services to those in need.