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09/27/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/27/2019 03:04

The UNESCO Science Family in Asia and the Pacific Identifies Priority Actions to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

For the second year running, UNESCO Jakarta Office organized a regional strategic coordination meeting under the heading 'Science to Enable and Empower Asia Pacific for Sustainable Development Goals II'. Held in Jakarta during 17-19 September, the event gathered more than 100 science practitioners, managers and educators from across Asia and the Pacific. Together, they identified six areas of priority to advance during the coming months.

Representing 15 UNESCO Category II Centres, multiple UNESCO field offices, ministries and government agencies as well as members of the private sector and non-government organizations, the participants - including 40 women - came from 20 countries across Asia and the Pacific.

Among a number of high-level statements delivered during the opening sessions of the event, Ms. Amanda - Head of the Expert Team of the President of Indonesia's Envoy for Climate Change - highlighted the importance of youth mobilization and regional collaboration for climate action.

The event included a series of interactive thematic discussions on topics such as 'Strengthened Partnerships and Networks for related SDGs' and 'Open Science and Public Mobilization', the latter of which included a report from the 'Regional Multi-Stakeholders Workshop on Open Science for Networked Societies-4th Industrial Revolution and SDGs in Asia and the Pacific' held in conjunction to SEEAP II on 16th September .

Starting already on the first day, the meeting was organized as a series of iterative sessions serving to transform participants' ideas into concrete actions through a series of world café style discussions. The agreed priorities included improving urban water technology and governance; localizing SDGs through UNESCO-designated sites; addressing vulnerabilities of remote communities; mainstreaming ocean literacy; building national and regional cooperation in disaster risk reduction; and mapping and mobilizing science, technology, and innovation for the SDGs.

At the close of the meeting, UNESCO Jakarta Office committed to advancing these proposals into active projects with participation and in cooperation by all stakeholders interested in each area.

On the meeting's final day, participants visited Pramuka island in Jakarta's Thousand Islands Archipelago, where they experienced mangrove planting, sea turtle release, and coral transplantation at the Kepulauan Seribu National Park.

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