UNESCO Office, Jakarta joined series of lectures for the UN4U Campaign
For the third year in a row, UNESCO Office, Jakarta joined the UN4U campaign with specific outreach to university students, via a series of lectures and presentations about the work of the UN and its specialized agencies, funds and programmes. The initiative was part of the global campaign to increase awareness about the United Nations work among young people and the wider public, and took place throughout the Month October, in the run-up to UN Day on 24 October.
On Monday, 8 October 2012, Mr. Shahbaz Khan, Deputy Director and Senior Science Program Specialist, gave presentation on Global Change Impacts on Water and Food Security – The Role of UN at Universitas Budi Luhur.
On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, UNESCO Office, Jakarta together with ITB and INHERENT organized an Interactive on-line event on “The Future We Want for All”. Mr. Hubert Gijzen provided an overview of the main global challenges and the outlook for the Post-2015 Agenda for international cooperation and development. In addition, four panelists focused on the role of education, science and culture in building a sustainable society. The topics they addressed were on ‘Educating for a Sustainable Future’ (Mr. Anwar Alsaid); ‘Sciences for Sustainability’ (Mr. Charaf Ahmimed & Mr. Shahbaz Khan), and ‘Culture for Sustainable Development’ (Mr. Masanori Nagaoka). The presentations were followed by interactive discussions by participants in the audience in ITB, and others connected via INHERENT.
Monday, 15 October 2012, UNESCO Office, Jakarta delivered a lecture on Youth and the UN at the University of Prof. Dr. Moestopo (Beragama). The lecture was delivered in English and Mr. Ahmimed, Head of the Social and Human Sciences Unit of UNESCO Jakarta Office introduced the UN system, including its history, its purpose and its achievements. Mr. Ahmimed observed the important role of Indonesia in the United Nations and he praised the role of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in his duty as a co-Chair of the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda. The second session of the lecture was delivered by Mr. Daniel Ruiz de Garibay, Assistant Programme Specialist, who presented on the issue of “Youth and The United Nations”. He talked about UNESCO’s work on youth and he underlined the importance of young women and men as agents of change. Upon completing his lecture, Mr. Ruiz de Garibay provided the opportunity for students to discuss and ask questions related to youth civic participation.
Initial survey data from the universities showed that 77 percent of participants said the UN4U presentations had been either “useful” or “very useful” in increasing their knowledge of the United Nations. (Twenty-one percent said the campaign was “somewhat useful” to improving their understanding of the UN, and two percent believed that it was “not useful”).
More than 79 percent of participants said they had a more “more positive” perception of the UN after the UN4U campaign. The biggest shift was reflected in the increase among those who viewed the United Nations “very positively”: from 20 percent before the UN4U campaign to 46 percent after. The percentage of participants who had “neutral” or “negative/very negative” views of the United Nations decreased from 26 percent before to 20 percent after.