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U.S.-New Zealand Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 19, 2012

Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and the Honorable Steven Joyce, the New Zealand Minister of Science and Technology, will lead the third U.S.-New Zealand Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation in Washington, D.C. on September 20, 2012.

The meeting, held under the auspices of the U.S.- New Zealand Science and Technology Agreement, will assess progress on scientific cooperation and identify new areas for scientific collaboration of direct benefit to both countries. Representatives from U.S. Government agencies and research institutions will meet with their New Zealand counterparts to discuss health and health innovation, marine and ocean research, climate change monitoring, research, and services in the Pacific, and natural hazards and resilient cities.

The U.S. and New Zealand are enjoying a period of increased cooperation due in large part to the recent signing of both the Wellington Declaration and the Washington Declaration. The Joint Commission Meeting discussions look to build upon our shared commitment to focus, strengthen, and expand the bilateral science and technology relationship.