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The U.S. National Committee for the Pacific Science Assocation (USNC/PSA) operates within the National Research Council's Board on International Scientific Organizations, a unit of the Policy and Global Affairs Division. The Committee represents the U.S. scientific community in the PSA, on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the U.S. adhering body to the PSA.The principal objectives of the committee are to assist the NAS in fulfilling its membership responsibilities and to ensure effective participation by United States scientists in the activities of the PSA.
The PSA, which has been a leader in regional scientific cooperation since the early 1920's, has concentrated its efforts more recently on promoting the contributions of science and technology to human progress in the Pacific. The PSA has task forces working on the regional aspects of such issues as global environmental change, population growth and resource management, biodiversity, globalization, and natural disaster reduction and mitigation. The U.S. National Committee for PSA has been encouraging greater coordination with interagency and intergovernmental bodies on these initiatives, on strengthening the leadership and platform of PSA in contributing to the intergovernmental forums, and on strategic planning to build human and fiscal resources.