About the UNESCO Office in Jakarta
UNESCO office in Jakarta was established as a field office for South-East Asian Science Cooperation (SEASCO) in 1951. In 1967 it became the Regional Office for Sciences and for South East Asia (ROSTSEA). Since 2001 UNESCO Jakarta became the Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Cluster Office Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. It assumed the role of focal point for Timor-Leste in 2002.
With the words of the UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, appointed in 2009, UNESCO calls for a “New Humanism for the 21st century”. The Asia-Pacific region counts for almost two thirds of the world’s population and gathers countries of great diversity in economic, religious, political and cultural terms. This diversity, along with globalization and the dynamism and rapid evolution of the region bear great challenges for Governments and societies. Closely with Governments, National Commissions and other governmental and non-governmental partners, UNESCO Jakarta works on making development sustainable and profitable for everyone in a culture of peace and human rights.
In the 48 UNESCO Member States and 2 Associate Members of the Asia-Pacific, UNESCO is present with a network of 13 Field Offices comprising Cluster Offices, Country Offices and Regional Bureau. UNESCO Jakarta has a double role Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Cluster Office. As Regional Bureau for Science, UNESCO Jakarta provides strategic expertise, advisory, monitoring and evaluation functions to Member States, other UNESCO Field Offices and UN Country Teams in the area of Science.
As Cluster Office, UNESCO Jakarta covers all UNESCO mandates: education, sciences, culture, communication and information. It is responsible for the implementation of related programmes in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste in all UNESCO fields of competence.
In the spirit of One UN and as part of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Indonesia, UNESCO Jakarta works in synergy with the United Nations Sister Agencies for achieving the United Nations Millennium Goals in the Asia-Pacific in close coordination with Regional Bureau for Education, UNESCO, Bangkok.
UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.
The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.
UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The Organization has a number of overarching objectives:
- Attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning
- Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development
- Addressing emerging social and ethical challenges
- Fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace
- Building inclusive knowledge societies knowledge societies through information and communication