06.04.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO encourages Indonesian Youth and Young Scientist to work on Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNESCO in partnership with the International Centre for Interdisciplinary and Advanced Research of Indonesia Scientific Institute (ICIAR LIPI), and Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) held a Consolidation Meeting on Youth in SETI for DRR. Twenty-nine (29) youth and young scientist, DRR experts and practitioners from Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Kupang, Malang, and Yogyakarta attended the meeting. The aim of this meeting is to encourage, build, and strengthen the interest of youth and young scientist to work on science, engineering, technology, and innovation (SETI) to support disaster risk reduction (DRR).

Professor Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representatives of UNESCO Office, opened the meeting with an introduction of UNESCO Jakarta as cluster country office and as the Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Region. On the issue of DRR, he emphasized UNESCO’s role in before, during and after disasters phases. He also shared UNESCO’s experiences and examples in the context of the use of SETI across these phases, among others: Flood control and management, Early warning system, psychosocial support, School Safety Programs as well as in relation to culture related field such as saving Borobudur from the ashes from the Merapi Eruption.

During the morning session, the youth and young scientists got the opportunity to listen through skype the presentation of Mr Donovan Guitteres, focal point for Youth Science-Policy Interface Platform of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth. Mr Guitteres shared the historical background of young scientist platform on DRR at the global level and expressed his expectation of active participation of Indonesian youth and young scientist linking with these existing global platforms. Mr Irakli Khodeli, UNESCO Program Specialist of Social Human Sciences (SHS) introduced UNESCO’s global strategy on youth.  Dr. Andi Eka Sakya, principal researcher of BPPT introduced the topic of mitigating disaster through transformative adaptation using social media and public information. An Indonesian young scientist currently resided in Belgium, Ms Rae Sita Pratiwi, shared her experiences in participating in various global youth forums and events as well as her involvement in the Millennials Research Centre.

The afternoon session focuses on discussion facilitated by Mr. Ardito M Kodijat, professional officer for DRR of UNESCO Office Jakarta and Ms. Irina Rafliana, researcher of ICIAR-LIPI. The discussion focuses on strengthening, empowering, and mobilizing youth and young scientists in SETI for DRR. The discussion concluded with an agreement among the youth and young scientists to take the ownership and leadership to continue this initiative. They also agreed on a set of milestones leading to the formation of Indonesian platform on youth and young scientist in science, engineering, technology, and innovation to support disaster risk reduction, with a pathway to build model and lessons learned to be shared in the Asia and the Pacific region and the DRR Global Platform in 2019.

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