UNESCO Office, Jakarta - Annual Report 2011
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2011 as the International Year of Forests with a view to stage “a global celebration of people’s action for sustainable forest management”. The aim was to raise awareness on strengthening the sustainable management, conservation and development of forests worldwide for the benefit of current and future generations. In recognition of the International Year, the theme for this Annual Report will be ‘Forests’.
It is my pleasure to present UNESCO Office, Jakarta’s Annual Report 2011. This year the Annual Report will be available in electronic form only, not only to save forests, but also to reduce production and distribution costs and to maximise fund availability for other programmes. The report, however, continues to be presented in a glossy and easy-read style, providing the highlights of our work and results achieved. It is my hope that you will find it informative and useful.
During the year 2011, the UNESCO Office, Jakarta, continued to expand its programmatic support along the two dimensions of the office as the Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, and as a Cluster Office representing UNESCO in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. In the field of Education, the office continued to support the Cluster countries in achieving the ‘Education for All’ (EFA) goals, and to strengthen the concept of ‘Education for Sustainable development’ (ESD) in their national education systems. Under the regional science mandate the office made progress in strengthening the four regional science flagship programmes on climate change, water, natural disasters and science policy and science education. In the field of culture, work centred around the long-term safeguarding of both tangible and intangible heritage, and under the Communications and Information mandate we continued to build capacity for the media and to promote freedom of expression.
Besides consolidating and strengthening ongoing programmes the year also saw the emergence of a number of important new initiatives. This includes the establishment of a new Unit in Social and Human Sciences in the office, which helped to strengthen programmes addressing key issues in Cluster Countries, such as migration, human rights, climate change adaptation, youth empowerment and others.
The office has also established a new Unit in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Tsunami Early Warning. Already in 2006, the UNESCO Office, Jakarta set up the Jakarta Tsunami Information Centre (JTIC) to support the coordination of tsunami information and to promote preparedness and awareness in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste. In 2011, the Intergovernmental Coordinating Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System decided to support the expansion of JTIC’s role in becoming an information centre for the wider Indian Ocean region.
We also strengthened our programme and project support to the management of forests via REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Other new initiatives and projects that started during the year include, amongst others, a Green Schools pilot project on ESD and climate change education in South Kalimantan, a literacy and EFA project in Timor-Leste, the StResCom (Strategic Research and Communication Centre) Project – which focuses on strengthening resilience of coastal and small island communities towards water and climate change impacts – and the safeguarding of Borobudur World Heritage project after the late 2010 volcanic eruption of Mt Merapi.
The safeguarding of Borobudur project became a showcase for partnership and collaboration. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia, the Indonesian National Commission, the ‘Friends of Borobudur’, PT Taman Wisata, thousands of volunteers, over 550 workers, collaborative partners, and financial support from donors and private sector partners, all contributed to the success of the project. This has helped to preserve one of mankind’s greatest monuments so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.
The work described in this report also benefitted from the active involvement of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors Christine Hakim (on school and community disaster preparedness) and Herbie Hancock (on the safeguarding of Borobudur, ESD and disaster preparedness), which helped to raise the visibility and impact of our programme delivery.
The visit of H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of the Republic of Indonesia to UNESCO HQ on 2 November 2011, and the official visits to Indonesia by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and the UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in November 2011 were also important highlights of the year.
Also for UNESCO globally, 2011 has been a special year. The General Conference held in October/November admitted two new Members – Palestine and South Sudan, along with two new Associate Members, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. This brings the total Member States in UNESCO to 195 plus 8 associate members.
In closing, I would like to convey my great thanks to the dedicated team of UNESCO Jakarta, and to all partners who contributed to the realisation of the activities and results presented in this report, be it via direct collaboration and partnership, by providing (co-) financing support, or by consolidating and disseminating the results achieved. I count on all of you again in 2012, and I look forward to what we will achieve together in the coming years.
Director and Representative