New Year 2021 Remarks from the SUMERNET SC Chair

By Navy Hap , Agus Nugroho , Rajesh Daniel
Jan 22, 2021

Dear Network Members,

Happy New Year 2021!

On behalf of the SUMERNET Steering Committee and the Secretariat, I would like to convey our new year’s best wishes for you. We wish the new year brings along new hopes for a better, more successful and productive year for you and your organizations. We also sincerely hope that you and your loved ones will have good health and happiness in 2021.

2020 presented many challenges for us, both personally and professionally with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. To say the least, our travels have been widely restricted which also limited our activities and work. SUMERNET also had to face many challenges and limitations.

We acknowledge the efforts made by the partners to continue to work and contribute to the network. We appreciate the efforts of the Secretariat to keep finding ways to engage and support the network members. The 2020 SUMERNET Annual Meeting (October-November 2020) was a good example of how SUMERNET engaged with the network despite the challenges of hosting a series of meetings only online. We hope the virtual events were useful for all of you.

Moving ahead, the SSC and Secretariat will continue our efforts to communicate and engage with you all, through various means, virtual or face-to-face, and taking our important work forward. Along with the rest of the SSC members, I am quite excited to welcome this new year 2021, knowing that in the time ahead there will be more opportunities for us to discuss, collaborate and act together to advance our aims for sustainable development in the Mekong Region.

Looking forward to our interactions in SUMERNET!


Mrs. Hap Navy


Sustainable Mekong Research Network

Building research for policy towards sustainable development in the Mekong Region

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