30.12.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO Organizes Strategic Coordination Meeting with the New Minister of Education and Culture

On 24 December 2014, the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO invited its line ministries and UNESCO Office, Jakarta in its first coordination meeting with the new Minister of Education and Culture as chair of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, H. E. Mr Anies Baswedan.

The meeting was led by the Executive Chair, Prof. Dr.  Arief Rachman, in which he briefed the Minister and the audience about the programmes and achievements of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO as well as its challenges.  Prof. Dr.  Arief Rachman mentioned in his briefing that Indonesia has achieved three out of six goals of Education for All (EFA) development agenda by improving the levels of adult literacy, gender equality in education and  quality of basic education. In the field of Sciences, it has been organizing the national L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science. It selected thirty seven national fellows and five of them were the winner of International fellowship. With the support of Indonesian Funds-in-Trust, it is revitalizing the Old Town (Kota Tua) of Jakarta to be the future World Heritage site in close collaboration with UNESCO Office, Jakarta.

The achievements of Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO were made possible with the support and in collaboration with different line ministries and government institutions of Indonesia. In view of that, Prof. Dr.  Rachman suggested to H. E. Mr Baswedan to raise the legal status of Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO with Presidential Decree to enable them to deliver their tasks in coordinating UNESCO programmes in Indonesia with its line ministries and government institutions with appropriate mandate and budget.

The UNESCO Office, Jakarta, representatives led by Dr. Mee Young Choi, the Head of Education Unit, thanked the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO for organizing the meeting. In her remarks, Dr. Choi informed about the development of the 2nd Indonesia-UNESCO Country Programming Document (I-UCPD 2) which covers the period of 2014-2017 and thanked the Government of Indonesia for their support to UNESCO in total amount of USD 10M for Emergency Multidonor Fund (USD 6M) and Indonesian Funds-in-Trust (USD 4M). At the end of her remarks, Dr. Choi reiterated the willingness of UNESCO Office, Jakarta for further partnership to advance the building of peace in the minds of men and women not only in Indonesia but also ASEAN and beyond.

H. E. Mr Baswedan praised the collaboration between the Indonesian National Commission of UNESCO and line ministries for their achievements in implementing UNESCO’s programmes. He highlighted that Indonesia should be visible in the world’s landscape and UNESCO can be a vehicle to achieve it.  The Minister acknowledged the important role of the Indonesian National Commission of UNESCO and commended their efforts to make Indonesia visible in that note.  The efforts to advance the role and position of Indonesia in Education, Science, Culture, Communication and Information should be continued and expanded, he added.




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