04.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Hari UNESCO: Malaysia is Committed to Support UNESCO’s Global Mandate

MALACCA 3 October – On the occasion of Hari UNESCO Malaysia 2013, the Government of Malaysia reaffirmed its support to the mission and commitment of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to ensure the peace and well-being of the global community. Launched in 2011, Hari UNESCO Malaysia has become a day to celebrate the leading role of Malaysia in implementing UNESCO’s global mandate.

At Independence Memorial Square, Melaka, the Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin opened the Celebration of UNESCO Day.  H.E. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the country would continue to be inspired by UNESCO’s agenda to ensure sustainable development, eradicating poverty, promoting intercultural dialogue and building peace. "We have taken many steps and outlined comprehensive strategies to improve the quality of education and to strengthen other fields under UNESCO’s competency areas such as science, communications and culture."

In line with the goal of " Education for All”, Malaysia took various initiatives to expand access and improve the quality of education.  Through the ‘Education Blue Print’ 2013-2025, the Government will ensure quality education for all in Malaysia.  

The Director of UNESCO Office, Jakarta, Mr. Hubert Gijzen represented UNESCO in the opening ceremony. He said “I am truly impressed by the vision and dedication of the Government of Malaysia, and the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in advocating the important roles of education, the sciences, and culture in addressing key issues and challenges of today’s globalised world. The Hari UNESCO Malaysia presents an important communication and awareness raising functions and calls for an increased role of education, sciences, and culture in national, regional and global development aimed at poverty eradication, peace and security, and sustainable development.

Mr. Hubert Gijzen delivered the opening remarks on behalf of the Director General of UNESCO. The Director General of UNESCO thanked the Government and people of Malaysia for their commitment to UNESCO’s work in promoting equitable and inclusive growth, in advancing poverty eradication and in strengthening the foundations for sustainable development. The Director General also welcomed the recent ratification by the Government of Malaysia of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. She further thanked Malaysia also for “its commitment to sharing its experience and expertise with the international community. We see this through your leadership in promoting South-South cooperation for the benefit of the countries of the Asia and the Pacific region as well as for Africa, and with emphasis on Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.”

Download the opening remarks here

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