02.08.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Visit of the UN Resident Coordinator to Borobudur

Ms. Anita Nirody, Resident Coordinator at Borobudur

The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative designate for the Republic of Indonesia, Ms. Anita Nirody conducted a visit to Borobudur on 28 July 2017. She was accompanied by Ms. Isabel Dunstan (Communication Officer, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator for Indonesia) and Ms. Jade Poa (UNDP in Indonesia).

The visit was requested by Ms. Anita Nirody to acquire deeper information on United Nations projects, particularly in areas surrounding the Borobudur Temple. The visit was also arranged for her to be able to acquire first-hand insights on conservation and preservation of the Borobudur Temple, and meet youths living in the vicinity of the Temple who are the local stakeholders. The visit was part of a two-day visit to Yogyakarta, where she was scheduled to join different activities. Aside from visiting the Borobudur Temple and related UNESCO project sites, she also visited the Youth Study Centre of Gajah Mada University to discuss environmental issues and the SDGs. In addition, she also visited UNFPA’s UNALA project, where she conducted a focus group discussion with young women at the project’s health clinic.

In Borobudur, Ms. Nirody was warmly welcomed by Mr. Marsis Sutopo (Head of the Borobudur Conservation Office) and Ms. Chrisnamurti Adiningrum (Head of Borobudur Unit, PT. Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko). During the meeting with these counterparts, Ms. Nirody acquired information on how the conservation and community empowerment projects have been implemented by UNESCO Jakarta in close coordination with the Government and the local stakeholders. 

 Ms. Nirody toured the Borobudur Temple Compound, and visited Galeri Komunitas - a community-run gallery currently being assisted by UNESCO Office, Jakarta with the support of Citi Foundation. At Galeri Komunitas Ms. Nirody met youths and community members working in areas of creative industries, and youth volunteers who are currently implementing heritage preservation youth-camp activities in Borobudur. Ms. Nirody also had a chance to learn how to make batik with the local communities, and visited a local batik showroom that is supported by UNESCO Office, Jakarta.

Ms. Nirody was very pleased to see the high level of engagement of the local communities and youths in the projects in Borobudur. She also highlighted her appreciation for seeing the active involvement of the private sector in making positive contributions to the community empowerment projects in Borobudur.

For further information, please kindly contact Mr. Bernards Zako (ba.zako(at)unesco.org)

Photo credit: Diana Setiawati

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