Jakarta Regional Bureau for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific

Promoting Science for Peace and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific through South-South Cooperation

UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific supports UNESCO’s global mandate in the sciences, with particular emphasis on implementing the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals in the region.

As the world’s most populous and largest region, Asia and the Pacific faces a broad range of challenges to its long-term sustainability. These challenges include the vital role of the ocean for the health and well-being of humanity; increasing populations and economic development; rising demand for the earth’s finite freshwater resources, in particular in urban areas - where by 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population will live - the unprecedented rate of biodiversity loss; issues related to climate change; the right to share in scientific advancement and its benefits; and the particular needs of Small Islands Developing State (SIDS).

The peoples of Asia and the Pacific are actively mobilizing responses to these challenges – devising and implementing new and innovative approaches to our understanding of nature and our management of its resources.

UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific supports these processes by encouraging and seeking to enhance the contributions of the sciences towards long-term sustainability and green societies across the region. This is done through the articulation and implementation of science-based programmes and projects at all levels – interventions that highlight the role of the sciences in understanding and improving sustainability, reinforced by the added value of international cooperation and exchange.

As the Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO office Jakarta has developed a Regional Science Support Strategy for 2014-2021, with the following vision and mission:

Vision: Fostering Science for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

  • Sustainable solutions - whether at the global, regional or country level - will require creativity, new advances in scientific knowledge, discoveries and innovations. Innovation geared towards sustainable development has the potential to lift economic growth, create green jobs, and boost social development while at the same time contributing to environment protection and conservation. By fostering dialogue, cooperation, networking, capacity building and knowledge-sharing with the scientific community, decision makers, and civil society in the Asia-Pacific region as well as at country level, the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific will contribute to the ultimate Vision where Member States will be able to ‘meet society’s needs via science based solutions’.<//span>


  • To work with Member States on key issues and problems in Asia-Pacific region, in order to engage science in the service of human needs and improve both environment and quality of life of the region’s peoples.
  • To mobilize science, technology, innovation and policy, for enabling Member States in the region on addressing new and emerging challenges that could facilitate to set a course for a sustainable future.


Natural Sciences programmes:



Back to top