The Search for SEAMEO Young Scientists (SSYS) was a platform for youths from the SEAMEO member countries to gather and share information of their scientific and mathematical research projects. It was initiated in 1997, and since then, had been held once in every two years with a specific theme.

     The 13th Regional Congress SSYS aims to develop young scientists who are competent in handling community problems for sustainable development. It encourages youths to fully utilise their potential to be inquisitive and creative when dealing with challenges in real life incorporating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, its main targets include (a) generating strong interest in science and mathematics learning, (b) increasing awareness about the relationship between Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and (c) fostering camaraderie and networking among these youths through science and mathematics congresses, exhibitions and competitions. Hence, the 13th Regional Congress SSYS seeks to provide opportunities for youths to optimise their vast potential in conceptualising scientific and mathematical ideas through intellectual teamwork into more tangible research projects and innovative products that will benefit the environment, society and economy.

     SEAMEO RECSAM is a prominent center for Science and Mathematics education. We have actively supported related activities by providing teacher education and capacity building programs. At our core, we value education as vital to achieving sustainability. As the current generation of young people is often seen as the world's hope for the future, they must play a critical role in fulfilling this mission. The 13th Regional Congress SSYS theme is Youth for One Health through STEM Innovations. This initiative seeks to empower young individuals to contribute to the One Health field through innovative approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This noble initiative seeks to engage the upcoming generation in the One Health movement, paving the way for a healthier and brighter future for both the environment and humanity. Through practical learning, interdisciplinary teamwork and applying STEM principles, young learners will be equipped to safeguard and promote the well-being of all living beings on our planet.

     The One Health concept is a holistic and integrated approach that recognises the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. It emphasises that the well-being of humans, animals, and ecosystems are intertwined and that addressing health challenges requires collaborative efforts across disciplines and sectors. The concept recognises that diseases can spread between humans, animals, and the environment, highlighting the importance of understanding these interactions to effectively prevent and control health threats. One Health is closely connected to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields as it necessitates the application of rigorous scientific research, advanced technologies, and multidisciplinary expertise. Professionals from various STEM disciplines work collaboratively to address complex health issues. One Health also involves efforts to promote environmental sustainability. STEM fields like environmental science, ecology, and climate science help identify how human activities impact ecosystems and subsequently influence health outcomes. Addressing issues such as air and water quality, deforestation, and climate change requires collaboration among various STEM disciplines to safeguard human, animal, and environmental health.