31.03.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Final Workshop and Exhibition of Indonesian Funds-in-Trust

As a conclusion to the Indonesia Funds-in-Trust (IFIT), UNESCO Office Jakarta, in collaboration with Indonesia National Commission for UNESCO (KNIU), held the Indonesia Funds-in- Trust (IFIT) final workshop and exhibition at the Ministry of Education and Culture in Jakarta, Indonesia from 23 to 24 March 2017.

Prof. Arief Rahman, Executive Chairman of Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, in his remark, told the background of IFIT. On the 27 September 2013, the Government of Indonesia (GoI) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) signed an agreement to support theeducation, sciences, culture, and communication sectors. After the signing of the agreement, eight projects related to these sectors amounting to nearly  four million US dollars were approved by the steering committee consisting of representatives of the Government of Indonesia and UNESCO.

Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative of UNESCO Office Jakarta said that the Indonesian FIT has been one of UNESCO’s principal supports for project and activities in Indonesia. With the generous contribution from the Government of Indonesia to UNESCO during UNESCO’s difficult years, the IFIT funding has strengthened the activities of UNESCO in Indonesia and has been able to significantly benefit the country

Dr. Hilmar Farid, Director-General of Culture, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, in his opening speech highlighted of IFIT projects on "Promoting Intercultural Dialogue through Capacity Building Training for Museum Development at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia and Afghanistan".  This project supported peace, reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan through capacity building in world heritage interpretation and museum management, and support cross cultural dialogue between Indonesia and Afghanistan through the strengthening of South-South cooperation in the field of culture. The UNESCO World Heritage sites "Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley" in Afghanistan, and "Borobudur Temple Compounds" in Indonesia were selected in this regards as ‘laboratories’ given their Outstanding Universal Values as a Buddhist legacy that represents an important part of the cultural identity and treasures of the people of Afghanistan and Indonesia. 

Dr. Hilmar Farid, Mr. Shahbaz Khan and Prof. Arief Rahman at the exhibition

After the opening speech, Dr. Hilmar Farid officially visited the exhibition in the lobby at the Ministry of Education and Culture and went through each project booth and had a brief updates on how the IFIT projects have been implemented.

The eight projects that were completed under the framework of UNESCO – Indonesia Funds-in-Trust are as follows: 

  1. Promoting Adiwiyata Green Schools and Empowering Low Income Communities for the Sustainable Future of Indonesia
  2. Building Model for Disaster Resilient City in Indonesia: Tsunami Hazard
  3. Ecological and Eco-hydrological Solutions for Sustainable Management in Indonesia and Asia Pacific Region
  4. Building a Resilient Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra for Climate Change Mitigation and Biodiversity Conservation
  5. A Sustainable Future: Supporting Indonesia’s Strategies to Address the Social Implications of Climate Change
  6. Old City, New Vision: First phase project for the revitalisation of Kota Tua, Jakarta through sustainable tourism and heritage conservation
  7. Media Global Forum: The Role of Media in Realizing the Future We Want for All
  8. Promoting Intercultural Dialogue Through Capacity Building Training for Museum Development at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia and Afghanistan

The two-day event presented the achievement of the IFIT projects, especially from point of view of the stakeholders and the beneficiaries and to understand the project’s positive impacts. The event achieved its objectives of 1) presenting the results and progress of the eight projects funded by IFIT to a wider audience; 2) discussing the impact of the project activities to the stakeholders and the beneficiaries; and 3) discussing potential follow up, the continuity, and strategic consideration of future IFIT projects. Ms. Dheta Pinanditya, the first winner of storytelling competition, ended the event with a beautiful story telling of The Pigeon and The Crow. 

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