Science to Enable and Empower Asia Pacific for Sustainable Development Goals (SEE-AP for SDGs)

SEAMEO QITEP in Science as a network institution of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science, Asia and the Pacific Region (UNESCO Jakarta) was invited to participate in Science to Enable and Empower Asia Pacific for Sustainable Development Goals (SEE-AP for SDGs), from 17-19 September 2018 at Magzi Ballroom Grand Kemang Jakarta.

The event brings together with representatives from the UNESCO Natural Sciences family from across Asia and the Pacific region, government representatives and other key stakeholders from UNESCO’s scientific networks including fresh water, environment, disaster risk reduction, engineering, ocean, science policy and education, along with other UNESCO major programmes. More that 40 institution from 20 countries were actively participated in this event and shared their concern on several issues related to SDGs. All of the speakers have promoted unity on facing the challenges and issues from the impact of climate change and creating alternative sustainable solutions through implementing the sciences within SDGs across Asia and the Pacific.

The programme was started by welcoming remarks and brief explanation about expected result of the programme from Director of UNESCO Jakarta, Prof. Shahbaz Khan. Following, the speech form Ms. Aya Saito Unit Chief, Office of the Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology [MEXT], Japan as a supported fund institution of this programme.After that, Prof Arief Rachman, Executive Chairman, Indonesian National Comission for UNESCO and Mr. Y W Junardy, President of Indonesia Global Compact Network were given their perspective on importance of the event especially for building a partnership and collaboration in achieving SDGs.

The first day of “Science to Enable and Empower Asia Pacific for SDGs II” consisted of several thematic sessions including Regional Partnership & networks, and Open Science Movement. Continued with Special group discussion session called by World Cafe that covering 6 SDGs: SDG6, SDG9, SDG11, SDG13, SDG14, SDG15. The first day were closed by welcoming dinner from UNESCO Jakarta.

Within the second day of the “Science to Enable and Empower Asia Pacific for Sustainable Development Goals II”, the distinguished participants were discussing and brainstorming and synthesizing the inter-disciplinary collaborative project proposals. The theme proposed for the project were a synthesis from pervious World Café such as: Urban Water Technology and Governance, Localizing and Realizing SDGs trough UNESCO-designated sites and Building National and Regional Cooperation in Disaster Risk Reduction. Ms. Adella Anfidina Putri as representative from SEAQIS in this event was assigned to design a project related to promoting sustainable development to local and indigenous communities in UNESCO-designated sites, in this project SEAQIS in collaboration with Science Center Singapore and ISTIC Malaysia were proposed to assisting to take a role on empowering local communities by education them on new science-technologies to improve livelihoods through STEM approach and enabling social enterprise. Moreover, through this meeting SEAQIS also discuss several new ideas to collaborate with other institution to strengthening SEAQIS’ programme in the future. At the end of the event, all participants were stated their willingness to collaborate and build a strong partnership in the future to achieve SDGs in Asia Pasific.

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