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Promoting the Malaysia-UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP) at the 38th General Conference of UNESCO: Round Table Discussion on “Promoting South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development”
On 9 November 2015, a Round Table Discussion on “Promoting South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development” was jointly organized by UNESCO, the Permanent Delegation of Malaysia to UNESCO and the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris on the margins of UNESCO’s 38th General Conference.
The Round Table Discussion is a means for promoting the Malaysia UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP) to UNESCO Member States by engaging key resource persons/experts to share their experience and highlighting solutions and best practices in their areas of expertise. The establishment of the MUCP: Malaysia Funds-in-Trust (MFIT) is a show of commitment by the Government of Malaysia and UNESCO as a means to enhance South-South cooperation for the benefit of the developing countries of the Asia and
the Pacific region as well as for Africa, with particular emphasis on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). As part of the South-South Cooperation initiative, the MUCP focus areas are education, the sciences, culture, communication and information, contributing to the Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with its 169 targets.
The Round Table Discussion was moderated by Mr Ben Malor of UN Radio, from New York. The discussion began with opening remarks by Hon. Dato’ Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid, Minister of Education of Malaysia and followed by a keynote address from the Director General of UNESCO which was read on her behalf by Ms Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director General of UNESCO for Natural Sciences.
The penallists of the roundtable discussion include:
- Tan Sri Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia – Challenges of Sustainability in the Agenda 2030 for Southern countries
- Ms. Deepika Sharma, Director of Learning Links Foundation, India – Curriculum and Assessment as well as 21st Century Skills
- Dato’ Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong, Malaysian Chairman of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) – The challenges of South-South Cooperation in promoting Science, Technology and Innovation
- Ms. Cecilie Smith-Christensen, Smith-Christensen Catalysis, Norway – Sustainable Tourism and World Heritage
- Dato’ Prof. Dr. Asma Ismail, Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia – Education Reform: The Malaysian Experience (Malaysian Education Blueprint – Basic and Higher Education)
- Dr. Mustafa El Tayeb, President, The Future University, Sudan – South-South Cooperation in Science and Technology
After the presentation, panel members were engaged in a question and answer session with participants notably from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and African countries.
The closing remark was delivered by Tan Sri Dr. Madinah Mohamd, Secretary General of the Ministry of Education Malaysia and Vice-President of the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO. She emphasized Malaysia’s contribution to the enhancement of South-South Cooperation in fields of education, science, culture, communication and information which will bring about more meaningful outcomes and changes to the beneficiary countries as well as Malaysia.
Through this event, the roundtable discussion provides opportunity to highlight the results from the MUCP and to stimulate the involvement of new South-South cooperation champions and actors. The roundtable discussion gathered more than 100 participants, including Ministers, ambassadors, national delegations, UNESCO staff and members of the press. Information material, a short film and small exhibition highlighting key achievements of the projects supported by MFIT were also featured.
These publications have benefitted from the contribution of the broad UNESCO family: central services, field offices, category I and II centres/institutes and several other partners. They were made possible through the generous support of the Government of Malaysia and its Malaysia Funds-in-Trust programme as well as Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE).
|1. MUCP Brochure, Jakarta, Indonesia: UNESCO|
|2. MUCP Project Leaflets, Jakarta, Indonesia: UNESCO.|
|3. MUCP Project Posters, Jakarta, Indonesia: UNESCO|
- Malaysia-UNESCO cooperation programme advancing the sustainable development agenda
- Side Event on “Promoting South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development” under the Malaysia-UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP) during the 38th Session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
Mid-Term External Evaluation of Malaysia-UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP) July 2014 – June 2015
The purpose of conducting a mid-term evaluation is to inform programme stakeholders on the status of implementation, output delivery and progress towards impact and to generate recommendations for programme improvement. The evaluation should also provide UNESCO and the donor with an evidence base to assess how effectively the MUCP framework for cooperation, and individual projects approved thereunder, are contributing to the stated objectives of the MUCP.