04.06.2015 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO - ISTIC International Conference / Forum / Seminar on UN Post 2015 Development Agenda, 25 – 27 May 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In collaboration with the National Commission of UNESCO (NatCom) Malaysia, the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) and the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia; UNESCO Office, Jakarta contributed to a series of International Conference / Forum / Seminar on the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda, from 24 to 27 May 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

These events included the International Forum on “Harnessing Women’s Talents in Science Technology and Innovation”, the ISTIC Governing Board Meeting, the International Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) High Level Policy Forum in Evidence Based Science Education in Developing Countries and the UNESCO – ISTIC – FEIAP “High Level Policy Seminar on Accreditation of Engineering Education Qualification to International Standards and Mobility of Engineers and Technologists in Asia and the Pacific”.

These events brought together a number of resource persons and experts from UNESCO Natural Sciences family from Asia and the Pacific Latin America, Europe and Africa. High level personalities such as the Director General of UNESCO, the Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences of UNESCO (ADG/SC), and the Director of ISESCO were present at the events.

High level personalities at the UNESCO - ISTIC International Conference on UN Post 2015 Development Agenda © AM. Tchadie/UNESCO Jakarta

The series of events was attended by 350 delegates from 33 countries (Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Sudan, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda and United Kingdom).

In her speech during the International Forum on “Harnessing Women’s Talents in Science Technology and Innovation”, the Director General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, reminded that Women are in the heart of UNESCO programmes and activities, she highlighted to the audience that "Gender" and "Africa" are the two global priorities of UNESCO. She also encouraged the youngest generation of women, specifically those in the domain of Science, Technology and Innovation to work hard and overcome all barriers and stereotypes that are against the promotion of women in scientific domain, including research and development.

 

Ms. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO © AM. Tchadie/UNESCO Jakarta

Before leaving the event, the Director General also went to the contact of the audience by having short discussions with the participants

Ms. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, socializing with the participants. © AM. Tchadie/UNESCO Jakarta

The UNESCO – ISTIC – FEIAP “High Level Policy Seminar on Accreditation of Engineering Education Qualification to International Standards and Mobility of Engineers and Technologists in Asia and the Pacific”, even though only a half a day meeting, was very successful with the participation of eminent engineers from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and Europe. They discussed about the challenges of harmonizing engineering qualifications at national, regional and international levels.

© AM. Tchadie/UNESCO Jakarta

The seminar ended with the acknowledgement that “Engineering Education Guidelines” such as the one developed by FEIAP could help to remove barriers to professional mobility of engineers.

The series of events was concluded during a Plenary Closing Session to Adopt Conclusions and Recommendations. This closing session was honored by the presence of the Minister of Education II of Malaysia, Honorable Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh; to whom the recommendations and findings were handed by the Chairman of the Governing Board of ISTIC, Dato Ir. Lee Yee Cheong. The document will be used by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, as a working paper during the 38th General Conference of UNESCO in November 2015.

Handover ceremony © Sharizad Sulaiman/UNESCO Jakarta

One of the main outcomes of this series of events is the adoption of the "Kuala Lumpur Declaration, 27 May 2015" (Click here to download)

Click here to download the document on engineering education

For more information, please contact Mr. Shahbaz Khan (s.khan(at)unesco.org)




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