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ISTIC-UNESCO International Conference / Forum / Seminar on UN Post-2015 Development Agenda 
25-27 May 2015, Kuala Lumpur


H.E. Irina Bokova, Director-General UNESCO giving the keynote address at the forum (DG speech)

From the 25-27 of May 2015, about 450 delegates including speakers from 33 countries (Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia,  China,  Ethiopia, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan,  Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Sudan, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda and United Kingdom)  met in Kuala Lumpur for the ISTIC-UNESCO COMPENDIUM OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE / FORUM/SEMINAR ON THE UN POST-2105 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA as represented by the Seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2016-2030. The Compendium of ISTIC/UNESCO Events focused the deliberations on UN SDG No. 4 “To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities” and UN SDG No 5 “To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

The compendium of events was graced by the presence of Her Excellency Irina Bokova, the Director – General of UNESCO and the Hon. Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II, Malaysia who officiated the closing.  

The ISTIC/UNESCO Compendium of Events included the following: 

a. ISTIC/ISESCO/UNESCO Malaysia National Commission “International Forum on Harnessing Women’s Talents in Science, Technology and Innovation” 25-26 May 2015

b. ASM/ISTIC/IAP SEP “International Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) High Level Policy Forum in Evidence Based Science Education in Developing Countries”

c. ISTIC/UNESCO/FEIAP “High Level Policy Seminar on Accreditation of Engineering Education Qualifications to International Standards and Mobility of Engineers and Technologists in Asia and the Pacific”

d. UNESCO Asia Pacific “Regional Workshop on Promoting Interaction and Knowledge Exchange between UNESCO Natural Sciences Related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific: Promoting Interaction and Knowledge Exchange between UNESCO Science –Related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific”

e. ISTIC 2015 Governing Board meeting

f. IAP SEP Global Council 2015 meeting

The deliberations of the six events resulted in a set of recommendations and declaration  which was presented to Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II, Malaysia. The Declaration was subsequently handed to the Director-General of UNESCO.

 

ISTIC/ISESCO/UNESCO Malaysia National Commission “International Forum on Harnessing Women’s Talents in Science, Technology and Innovation”

The forum was attended by 127 participants representing 21 countries. The issue of under-representation of women in science, technology and engineering careers and in higher positions in related sectors continue to dominate discussions by many organisations representing women’s interests. Inequalities and disparities in career opportunities and access to training further intensify interests to delve deeper into the issues and formulate affirmative actions. The perception that science and technology belong to the male domain seem to perpetuate the need for such debates. The forum brought together policy makers, successful women in STI, senior managers at government and private sectors to discuss strategies and solutions. At the end of the forum recommendations were made on how women in science and technology can be made visible in the organisation and on how their potential can be maximised to benefit both the women and the organisation.


H.E. Irina Bokova, Director-General UNESCO launching the Forum

 

ASM/ISTIC/IAP SEP “International Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) High Level Policy Forum in Evidence Based Science Education in Developing Countries”

The forum was attended by 146 participants representing policy makers, educationists, researchers and practitioners from 19 countries. The forum objectives were to review successful initiatives in enhancing STEM Education in the developed world, to draw experiences that are relevant to developing countries in developing a sound STEM Education programme, to evolve strategies for a successful STEM Education programme as a national agenda and also to review engagement with various stakeholders in promoting STEM Education. The forum concluded with a set of recommendations on strategies in implementing evidence-based science education as well as promoting STEM education, especially for developing countries.

 
Academician Dato’ Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong FASc, Chair of IAP SEP Global Council & Chairman of ISTIC Governing Board delivering his welcome speech

 

ISTIC/UNESCO/FEIAP “High Level Policy Seminar on Accreditation of Engineering Education Qualifications to International Standards and Mobility of Engineers and Technologists in Asia and the Pacific”

The seminar was attended by about 60 participants. The aim of this seminar was to bring together countries, particularly those in the Asia and the Pacific region to brief, share and exchange information concerning the accreditation systems and how to prepare for the upgrading of the home education level to attain the status recognized by FEIAP. The seminar was also aimed at providing an avenue for sharing on problems and difficulties or similarities in the individual countries’ education system and how to move forward for the accreditation for the various Accords for Engineers, Technologists and Technicians. It was with the hope that FEIAP Engineering Education Guideline would be endorsed by UNESCO for wider use by countries in the Asia and the Pacific Region.


Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Officer-in-Charge UNESCO Jakarta delivering his speech at the seminar
 

 

UNESCO Asia Pacific “Regional Workshop on Promoting Interaction and Knowledge Exchange between UNESCO Natural Sciences Related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific: Promoting Interaction and Knowledge Exchange between UNESCO Science –Related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific”

The workshop was attended by about 80 delegates from 16 countries. It was organised to promote interaction and knowledge exchange for strengthening South-South cooperation between Science Category II Centres and Chairs in Asia-Pacific region. This was in view of the fact that a strong and efficient Science network in the region would be critical to support the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda in the upcoming years.

 
Dato’ Dr. Samsudin Tugiman, Director of ISTIC giving his presentation at the workshop

 

During the plenary closing session, each event presented a set of recommendations. The compendium of events concluded with the presentation of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration to the Honorable Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Malaysian Minister of Education II

  Academician Dato’ Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong FASc. presenting the Kuala Lumpur Declaration of compendium of events to Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Malaysian Minister of Education II

 


Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Malaysian Minister of Education II giving the closing speech

Declaration

With reference to UN SDG No 4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities, the participants agreed that: 

a. It is a priority for all governments and national Ministries of Education to improve education in all STEM subjects.

 b.  Ministries of Education should implement small scale but high quality pilot projects on proven hands on inquiry-based methods of science teaching by those who have received training in view of the positive impact on performance in national and international assessment as proven in other pilots already conducted.  These pilots could act as demonstration prototypes. 

c. More time should be given to science subjects to enable teachers to carry out inquiry-based science approaches. 

d. Schools should be given greater autonomy in choosing textbooks and in implementing the science curriculum. 

e. STEM teachers should have access to continuous professional development on delivery methods to encourage inquiry thinking.  

 

To keep pace with global demands, the education, training and continuous professional development of engineers and technicians to international standards is vital to achieve the SDGs particularly with respect to inclusive infrastructure development for wealth and employment creation in South countries.  Participants agreed that:  

a. In view of the of FEIAP’s leadership role in Asia and the Pacific, it can mentor the sister regional organisation of the African Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) to play a more active role in UN SDGs. 

b. National Engineering Councils/Boards in ASEAN can emulate the Engineers Registration Boards of the member nations of the East African Economic Community to set up the ASEAN association of boards/ councils of engineers to promote mobility of engineers and technicians.

c. A follow-up workshop / forum will be organised in Africa on the subject “Africa / Asia Pacific Cooperation in Engineering Accreditation and Mobility’

d. The role of UNESCO is crucial in providing the intergovernmental leadership. A good start has been made by the agreement between the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and FEIAP to raise the accreditation of engineering education qualifications in five countries in Asia and in Africa. 

 

With Reference to SDG No. 5: to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, the participants agreed that: 

a.  All Government ministries and private sector organization have to recognise that women bring different and unique capabilities to the workplace. There must be a mindset change and genuine recognition by society and policy makers that there are benefits in valuing women and having their participation at all levels.   

b.There has to be a paradigm shift on how we define success. The female perspective has to be articulated and this will require educating girls helping them develop an identity to find their passion and giving them freedom to choose.

c.Organizations must practice an inclusive and equitable opportunity for both men and women to undergo leadership training and development that takes into account male and female leadership styles.    

d.A supportive and enabling environment which include national policy, integrated eco system that is both women and family friendly through alternative and flexible work arrangements.

e.The Women in STI Forum will be institutionalised by ISTIC hosting the Forum once every two years in Malaysia.

 

The participants strongly believe that the implementation of strategies towards achieving these goals must be shared by all and that there must be collaboration and knowledge exchange between UNESCO Natural Science Related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific in implementing the relevant Post-2015 Development Goals. The participants agreed that: 

•The UNESCO Natural Sciences related Category 2 Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific region should develop a strong regional science network to promote interaction, knowledge sharing and joint activities. A good example is the cooperation between ISTIC and IRIS, Iran in technopreneurship training for research scientists and engineers.

•The network of UNESCO Natural Sciences related Category 2 Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific region  should  extend links with other regions such as Africa to strengthen the South-South and triangular cooperation in STI. Good examples are the ISTIC/LAMAP France partnership in STEM education and STI/Caricom Science Foundation partnership in Technoprenuership training.

•The UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific will continue to mobilize and provide necessary support to the UNESCO's Natural Sciences family in the region for the successful delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Post-2015 framework. A good example is the agreement with FEIAP on raising the accreditation of engineering education qualifications to international standards in five countries in Asia and Africa.

 

One of the main outcomes of this series of events is the adoption of the "Kuala Lumpur Declaration, 27 May 2015"