22.12.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Year-end Meeting of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO: Reflection and Way Forward for Indonesia

Jakarta, 19 December 2016 – The Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO (KNIU) organized the year-end stakeholders’ meeting, inviting its key partners and UNESCO Jakarta Office, to share the progress and achievement of UNESCO’s programmes in Indonesia in 2016 and their plan in 2017.

The forum was attended by up to a hundred people including the representatives from the related ministries and government institutions, the experts assisting the implementation of UNESCO’s programmmes in Indonesia, as well as the Permanent Delegate of Indonesia to UNESCO. The meeting was chaired by Mr Arief Rachman, the Executive Chair of KNIU, and officially opened by the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr Muhadjir Effendy.

In his remarks, Mr Effendy appreciated the works of KNIU in progressing the implementation of UNESCO’s programmes in Indonesia and its remarkable achievement. He admitted that during his four-month period as the new Minister, he trusted KNIU under the leadership of Mr Arief Rachman would be able to deliver the commitments of Indonesia in assisting the implementation of UNESCO Programmes. Mr Effendy further explained that the Ministry of Education and Culture is one of the ministries responsible for the development of ‘soft’ infrastructure and focusing its effort to improve the quality of human resources to support the ongoing massive physical infrastructure in Indonesia. He also explained that the Government of Indonesia has emphasized its development on the four strategic non-rivalry areas, specifically: tourism, maritime affairs, food security and creative economy.

Mr Arko Hananto Budiadi, the representative from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thanked KNIU for its commitment and outstanding achievements in supporting UNESCO programmes in Indonesia. In his presentation, Mr Budiadi underlined that Indonesia is still categorized as an under-represented country in UNESCO, compare to its population and Indonesia’s regular contribution to UNESCO. He suggested to expanding the role of Indonesia by ratifying more UNESCO’s Conventions, encouraging the Indonesian nationals to work at UNESCO, establishing Category-2 Centre, and increasing the capacity of KNIU. He further highlighted the need to improve the protection and conservation of World Heritage sites in Indonesia. He also noted that there are very few submission of Indonesian Intangible Cultural Heritage to UNESCO. In this regard, he suggested that the nomination process should follow a bottom-up process in coordination with the related stakeholders. Ideally the heritage of Indonesia should be listed first as national heritage before the submission to UNESCO for international recognition.

Mr Fauzi Sulaiman, Ambassador/Alternant Permanent Delegate of Indonesia to UNESCO, reiterated their commitment to support the active involvement of Indonesia in UNESCO through participation at UNESCO’s intergovernmental meetings and other UNESCO’s international events. To get wider visibility of Indonesia, their office also supported the production of Indonesian movie on Batik and children story book on Komodo that will be launched in 2017.

Mr Gunawan Zakki, representing the Director of UNESCO Office Jakarta, acknowledged the importance of the meeting as sharing session between UNESCO’s partners in Indonesia and UNESCO Jakarta, and how we can move forward to strengthen this partnership. He also highlighted that Indonesia was selected as the first country in the world to launch the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 and received the 2016 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education through the Directorate of Early Childhood Education Development of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

During this event, the Director of Early Childhood Care and Education, Ms Ella Yulaelawati, handed over the certificate of UNESCO Prize on Girls and Women’s Education 2016 to the Minister of Education and Culture. After a Q&A session, Mr Arief Rachman concluded the event and expressed his gratitude for the support and contribution from every stakeholder and wished for a strengthened collaboration in the future.

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