Projects – Natural Sciences
South-South Cooperation for Enhancing Science, Engineering and Technology Standards in Asia and the Pacific

Responding to the needs for interdisciplinary expertise in areas of applied sciences as well as strengthening learning in the basic sciences, the project is implemented within the science and engineering human resource developmental and research institutions addressing both traditional, formal ways of teaching and learning science and technology. The modular curricula will be on varying levels and topics and adapted to a virtual (e‐learning) mode of delivery. Specifically, the project is implemented under three components:

Component 1: Meta-knowledge platform in making available tools and resources for engineering, science and technology human resource development for sustainable development

The regional and international workshops were organized to raise the standard of engineering qualifications to international standards in universities and institutions of tertiary education in association with the engineering bodies through south-south cooperation. This component involves regional stakeholders from diverse backgrounds with government agencies and units, industries, academia and research institutes.

Component 2: Modular curricula that could be adopted by professional bodies and universities for certified training of professionals

UNESCO has developed a roadmap on engineering qualification standardization in Asia and the Pacific. The Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) Engineering Education Guidelines are being updated jointly though this project.

Component 3: Mapping of UNESCO centres and chairs for establishing south-south learning alliances

The component is for mapping and networking of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences related Category 2 Centres and Chairs in Asia-Pacific region, linking with Africa on issues related to the post-2015 development agenda.

Key ActivitiesLinks to PublicationsNews

  • Identified pilot countries to standardize engineering qualification including Myanmar, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Timor Leste in Asia and the Pacific region and Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania in Africa.
  • Organized the “FEIAP/UNESCO/ISTIC Workshop on Accreditation of Engineering Education Qualification to International Standards and Mobility of Engineers and Technologists in Asia and the Pacific” on 27 May 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It brought together 35 key international experts (of which nine were women) from Institution of Engineers, Papua New Guinea (IEPNG); Myanmar Engineering Society (MES); Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC); the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES); China Association of Science of Technology (CAST); Engineers Australia (EA); Institution of Engineers, Mauritius (IEM); Institution of Engineers, India (IEI); Nigeria Engineers Society; Institution of Engineers Bangladesh; FEIAP; Institution of Engineers Indonesia (PII); Philippines Technological Council (PTC); Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT); Institution of Engineers, Fiji; the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE); Engineers Registration Board, Tanzania and a number of universities and academic engineering institutions from Malaysia.
  • Admission of Pakistan: The recognition of Pakistan’s engineering qualifications by FEIAP Accreditation System will enable Pakistan to be considered by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC Engineer). Thus cross border mobility for Pakistani engineering graduates will be enhanced in the region resulting in greater job opportunities.
  • Provisional admission of Myanmar: A mentoring mission was conducted with experts from the International Engineering Federation, the Institute of Engineering Education of Taiwan and the Institute of Engineers, Malaysia. The mentors submitted the observation report on Myanmar during the AFEO 2015. The main finding revealed that the current accreditation processes in Myanmar are well aligned with FEIAP Guidelines.
  • Organized a High Level SETI Policy Forum and Application of FEIAP Guidelines in Nigeria: The forum was held in Abuja on 18 July followed by engineering universities visits between 19 and 22 July 2016. The key emphasis of the forum was on South-South Cooperation for Engineering Accreditation and Mobility in Africa with the aim of forging intra- and inter-regional cooperation for Engineering Accreditation and mobility of certified Engineering Personnel within Africa and between Africa and Asia and the Pacific. The participants included key professionals and government representatives from Jakarta, Malaysia, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Sudan and Cameroon. The implementation of FEIAP Engineering Education Guidelines in Nigeria is being lead by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
  • Developed a meta-knowledge platform: A dedicated page providing information about the different engineering institutions involved in the project has been developed under the mucp-mfit website. To ensure better visibility, this page will be improved with key information about each institution in order to facilitate interaction and collaboration.
  • Extending the Initiative on Engineering Qualification Standardization to Timor-Leste: Currently UNESCO office Jakarta is working on Timor-Leste for the extension of the engineering cooperation initiative through capacity building and adoption of FEIAP engineering guidelines.
  • Enhancing technical capacity of UNESCO science related centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific region: Organized a UNESCO Natural Science related Centres and Chairs Regional Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 26 to 27 May 2015, bringing together representatives from UNESCO Natural Science related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific and Africa.
  • Extension of the Engineering Qualification Standardization in Central Asia Region: The request of Tajikistan for the extension of the engineering qualification system under FEIAP to countries of Central Asia is a clear illustration of the success and importance of such programme. With Tajikistan playing a leading role, the countries from Central Asia will benefit from the experience of Pakistan as the first economy under FEIAP accreditation system which will lead to the admission of more Member Economy from different regions. In order to achieve this, UNESCO in partnership with ECOSF, PEC, FEIAP, ISTIC and Academy of Sciences in Tajikistan organized an International High Level Policy Forum and Workshop on “Developing the Roadmap on Engineering Qualification Standardization, Accreditation and Professional System (EQSAPS)” in Dushanbe, Tajikistan from 27 to 29 March 2017. It was attended by 23 international participant (19 Male and 4 Female) and 80 national participants (68 Male and 12 Female).
  • Organized a Regional workshop of UNESCO Natural Sciences related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific: In order to strengthened the Interaction and Knowledge Exchange as well as to promote South-South Cooperation with centres in the African Region, UNESCO in partnership with REDAC, Universiti Sains Malaysia organized a 2-day workshop in Penang, Malaysia from 29 to 30 November 2017. This international event hosted 60 participants from civil society, academia, government and several representatives from the media to discuss on: 1) UNESCO Medium Term Strategy and Regional Bureau’s Science Support Strategy 2) recommendation on how to strengthen the South-South cooperation and collaboration among Natural Sciences Category-2 Centres and Chairs in the Asia-Pacific with the other region such as Africa 3) UNESCO Science Family Actions in Asia Pacific in the framework of SDGs – Strategic plan to support Agenda 2030.
  • Organized a Regional Workshop on South-South Cooperation for Strengthening Engineering Standards and Mobility of Professionals: The workshop held from 21-22 December 2017 gathered more than 60 participants from Azerbaijan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and United Kingdom. The workshop focused on the role of UNESCO, its partners and engineering associations to support the Engineering Qualification, Standardization guidelines of FEIAP and Promotion of South-South Cooperation for Future Sustainable Asia and the Pacific region and included 5 sessions on 1) Accreditation Systems for Sustainable Engineering Standardization, 2) Development of Young Engineers, and 3) Woman in Engineering; 4) One Belt One Road and Engineers and 5) Building South-South Cooperation in Engineering Qualification. The workshop also discussed on the roadmap between UNESCO and its partners to enhance engineering qualification, standardization and south-south cooperation; moreover review engineering, technology, industry and innovation linkage to create strong sustainable development of engineering in Asia and the Pacific region.

Upscaling Water Security to Meet Local, Regional and Global Challenges

Photo courtesy of Perbadanan Putrajaya

The project provides solutions to the current global water challenges requiring upscaling of existing local approaches and knowledge of the interrelations between environment conditions and the state of waters. UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program’s Ecohydrology Demonstration Projects and Hydrology for Environment, Life and Policy (HELP) river basins networks are two innovative approaches, which involve engineering-based tools that integrate basin-wide human activities and changes in the hydrological cycle.

The project strengthens the local scientific collaboration between Humid Tropics Centre Kuala Lumpur (HTCKL) and Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) as well as regional collaboration with Asia Pacific Ecohydrology in Indonesia as the Category II Water Centre, the Regional Centre for Integrated Water resources Management (RC-IRBM) Kaduna, Nigeria and Capital National University Beijing, China through the UNESCO Chair on Ecohydrology and Hydroinformatics.

  • Under this network, this project is being implemented through three components:Demonstration sites of Ecohydrology biotechnologies in Langat River and Putrajaya Lakes (Research Component)
    This component provides more efficient and sustainable storm water management strategies and best practices and mitigation measures to counter negative effects of urbanization. The study includes rehabilitation works for the slope degradation of riverbank to improve the river water quality, quantity and riverbank rehabilitation in developed areas depending on constructed wetlands, porous pavements as well as bio retention solutions. To support this, an assessment has to be conducted to determine the economic values of the ecosystem in order to strengthen the sustainable management.
  • HELP and Ecohydrology training (Education Component)
    The main purpose of this component is to develop modular curricular for IWRM and Ecohydrology in Asia-Pacific and Africa related to watershed management including river basin, lake and wetland and science curricular based on UN-Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. The modular curricula will be customized based on the IWRM Guidelines for River Basin management for training of watershed managers.
  • Workshops on comparative studies of applying water footprints, Ecohydrology and IWRM in Asia and Africa through UNESCO category-2 water centres in Asia and Africa (Water Management Component)
    The workshop promotes Ecohydrology as a cost-efficient technological approach for IWRM and introduces the concept of water footprint assessment and its methodology. To further promote south-south-north cooperation, this activity will link category II centres and category I centre in Asia and Africa into a collaborative platform on Ecohydrology and IWRM.





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  • Jointly organized an international seminar titled: “Ecohydrology Management of Putrajaya Lake and Wetland: Ecosystem Services Economic Assessment” from 19 until 20 January, 2016, at Dewan Seri Melati, Perbadanan Putrajaya, Malaysia to disseminate findings and results on ecosystem services economic assessment of Putrajaya Lake and Wetland. This study, conducted by Perbadanan Putrajaya in collaboration with experts from Eco Development Facilities Sdn. Bhd. (EDFSB) and University Putra Malaysia (UPM) on the ecosystem services economic assessment of Putrajaya Lake and Wetland, helped to advance three major areas, the last of which is particularly important:
    – The state of the art of the ecosystem services economic assessment;
    – Understanding the value of Putrajaya Lake’s ecosystem services;
    – Assessing the willingness of the local population, tourists, visitors and other stakeholders to pay for ecosystem services.
  • Developed Modular ecohydrology and IWRM curricula and comparative studies of applying ecohydrology and IWRM in Asia and Africa.
  • Conducted a Comparative Studies of Applying Ecohydrology and IWRM for Upscaling Water Security in Asia & Africa through UNESCO Category 2 Water Centres. The outcome of this study was shared at a workshop organized by HTCKL and its partners from 7 to 9 March 2016.
  • Jointly organized the Inter-Regional Workshop on South-South Cooperation for Upscaling Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Ecohydrology as Tools for Achieving Water Security in Africa from 24-26 January 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria. The workshop attracted over 62 participants including representatives of various water resources agencies, river basins organizations, institutions from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, as well as the mass media.
  • Established a platform for collaboration between Asian and African Category 2 Centres and water chairs to promote knowledge exchange for the enhancement and application of Ecohydrology and IWRM. A strong collaboration has been established between HTCKL and the Regional Centre for Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM) a Category 2 water Centre under the auspices of UNESCO based in Kaduna, Nigeria and with the UNESCO water Chairs on Water Resources Management, based at the University of Khartoum in Sudan. The Regional Centre for Urban Water Management, in Tehran, Iran has also been involved in the activities conducted through this platform.
  • Organized Asia-Africa workshop on “Building Resilience to Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability to Meet Water Security Challenges” from 10 to 11 July 2017 in Langkawi, Malaysia. The two-day workshop was attended by 34 participants from a total of 12 countries in Asia Pacific (Australia, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, Philippines) and Africa (Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan), among them 47% women. The workshop brought together policy makers, UNESCO Natural Sciences Category 2 centres and institutes in Asia Pacific and Africa, UNESCO Chairs, Authorities in HELP river basin in Asia Pacific and Africa, IHP Malaysia local partners, as well as experts, universities, and other stakeholders. It aims to improve understanding on the climate change impact on water resources and water-related disasters. The Asia-Africa cooperation is strengthened by upscaling existing local approaches in IWRM for water security in Africa.
  • Organized Pathway towards Improved Water Education” workshop in Penang, Malaysia from 27 to 28 November 2017. The workshop brought together 34 participants (15 female, 19 male) comprising of UNESCO category 2 water-related centres, IHP Committees, universities and other water stakeholders from Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Portugal, and Timor Leste to share experiences on existing water education as well as discuss on ways to extend regional and/or inter-regional collaboration. The workshop also served to launch two publications: 1) Water Management Curricula using Ecohydrology and Integrated Water Resources Management (in three volumes); 2) Customising IWRM at the River Basin Level published by HTCKL under the coordination of UNESCO Office Jakarta. The publications were officially handed over to representatives of Least Developed Countries (Cambodia, Timor Leste), Indonesia, and UNESCO Category 2 Centres. the participants shared experiences on existing water education. The workshop concluded with a signing of MOU between the Asia Pacific Centre for Ecohydrology (APCE), Indonesia and the Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM), Nigeria.

Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy – SHARP

Responding to the ASEAN needs, the project develops strategies to protect the environment and the sustainable use and management of natural resources essential to the long-term economic growth and social development of ASEAN member states. It is aligned with the ASEAN-UNESCO Framework Agreement of Cooperation (FAC) and associated Indicative Joint Programme of Action (2014-2018) and UNESCO Regional Bureau’s Science Support Strategy: Meeting Society’s Needs with Science-based Solutions. “Environmental Sustainability” is one of the seven priority areas in the ASEAN – UNESCO FAC which builds upon the ASEAN Vision 2020, calling for “a clean and green ASEAN”, with fully established mechanisms to ensure the protection of the environment, sustainability of natural resources, and high quality of life for people in the region.

This component provides policy basis for future cooperation on environmental sustainability among ASEAN countries and UNESCO’s network as well for developing stronger links between science and society by the following activities:

  • ASEAN-UNESCO Environmental Sustainability Committee meeting to develop strategies for policy paper
  • ASEAN-UNESCO workshop on science-policy-society interface to develop policy paper and strategy to introduce it to the next ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology 2016-2020
  • Introduction of policy paper on science-policy-society interface to the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology – Implementation Framework 2016-2020

Component 2: Establishment of Environmental Sustainability Demonstration Pilot Projects

UNESCO demonstrates innovative science, best management practice and participatory process by closely engaging with Malaysian and ASEAN universities, research institutes and other governmental institutions. It will develop and establish three pilot projects in Cambodia, Malaysia and Philippines as follows:

  • Demonstration site on “Restoring and Enhancing Angkor World Heritage Site by Improving Water Management at Siem Reap City and Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve” in Cambodia
  • Demonstration site on “Water and Environmental Sustainability Education Linked with Ecotourism in Langkawi Geopark” in Malaysia
  • Demonstration site on “Enhancing Resilience to Disasters of Urban Water Systems of Mindanao” in Philippines

Component 3: Establishment and Promotion of Environmental Sustainability ICT Knowledge Platform for Science-Society-Policy Interface

This component develops frameworks and techniques that can manage natural resources management in a more integrated package by:

  • Conducting needs assessment for environmental sustainability knowledge platform consisting of knowledge management system, e-learning courses through the COMPETENCE;
  • Developing ASEAN – UNESCO environmental sustainability knowledge platform using ICT based on the needs assessment;
  • Organizing workshop to launch the ASEAN – UNESCO environmental sustainability knowledge platform; and
  • Establishing partnerships between environmental sustainability research projects and regional communities in ASEAN countries.









Key ActivitiesLinks to PublicationsNews

  • Jointly organized an International Workshop on Sustainability Science for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 4 and 5 March 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The workshop brought together 150 participants (40% women) in order to develop a common understanding of the concrete concept of “sustainability science”, to raise awareness to develop about sustainability science among policy makers in Asia and the Pacific region, and to position this as part of the national and regional science and technology policy in the ASEAN countries. As the outcome of the workshop, the participants were committed to sharing and offering available information including courses, networks, knowledge and experiences. This yielded the “Recommendations from the Joint Session between International Workshop on Sustainability Science for SDGs, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Asia-Africa Experts Consultation on Sustainability Science to Support the Post 2015 Agenda, Harare, Zimbabwe”.
  • Jointly organized a workshop on Sustainability Science Demonstration Site: Framework for Action for Water and Environmental Sustainability from 23 to 25 November, 2015, Langkawi, Malaysia. The event was organised as part of the initiative for the “Establishment of Sustainability Science Demonstration Site on Water and Environmental Sustainability Education Linked with Ecotourism in Langkawi Geopark” and focused on applying sustainability science principles to establish learning alliances and community practices with a sustainability focus, as well as capacity building on sustainability frameworks to move to a sustainable and resilient future.
  • In collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), region XI of the Philippines and HELP (Hydrology for Environment, Life and Policy) Davao Network, a “Stakeholder Consultation Meeting” took place in Davao City, on 3 and 4 February, 2016. The consultation aimed at bringing together community leaders to discuss and analyse stakeholders’ perspectives on sustainability issues and solutions for a new urban vision and commitment towards a resilient city. One of the key moments of the consultation meeting included the formal signing ceremony of the contract between UNESCO and HELP Davao Network for the establishment of the demonstration site on sustainability science in Mindanao.
  • Jointly organized a Synthesis Workshop on UNESCO Sustainability Science Demonstration Sites in Asia and the Pacific in the context of two projects “Sustainable Transformation Across the Region” (STAR) supported by the Japan Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) and “Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy” (SHARP) supported by Malaysian Funds-In-Trust (MFIT) from 2 – 4 November 2016. The workshop gathered 45 participants from ten countries exchanged and discussed about ways to implement sustainability science approach at regional level and in UNESCO sites:
    1. at pilot level including the development of a photo story reflecting experiences and lessons learnt at each site;
    2. an example of a sustainability science implementation framework and toolkit for UNESCO sites in the region; and
    3. exchanges on what were the current environmental sustainability programmes in the different ASEAN countries and how the lessons learnt at the pilots could be taken into considerations at each country level.
  • UNESCO Office Jakarta in collaboration with ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) organized the Workshop on “Strengthening Science-Policy-Society Interface for Implementing Sustainability Biodiversity Conservation in ASEAN and Asia Pacific Region” on 19-20 June 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The two-day workshop was attended by 55 participants, among them 36% women, and brought together partners and stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Sustainability Science demonstration sites to share results.
  • The development of Science-Policy-Society Interface policy paper to apply sustainability frameworks and also set in place a process that allows this to continue beyond the life of the project.
  • Establishment of three demonstration sites in ASEAN member countries for showcasing the science for sustainable development approach. 

Fostering Tsunami Preparedness, Response and Mitigation in the Indian Ocean Small Island Developing States and African Coast Countries

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO is leading a global effort to establish ocean-based tsunami warning systems as part of an overall multi-hazard disaster reduction strategy. With strong collaboration with Member States, other UN agencies and NGOs, the IOC Tsunami Unit is supporting the countries in assessing tsunami risk, implementing Tsunami Early Warning Systems (TEWS) and in educating communities at risk about preparedness measures. It operates through Regional Tsunami Warning Systems in all basins where SIDS are present. These regional warning systems are in operations in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, North East Atlantic/Mediterranean and Pacific.

Through strong scientific basis research and expertise that are applied in this project, as well as adaptation to the local context, the benefiting countries would be able to develop their Tsunami Disaster Management Plan (TDMP), transfer their knowledge to their people and to other SIDS and African Coast Countries that share similarities on their social, economic and demographic conditions.

The output from the project will provide a clear guideline for the relevant stakeholders of the Indian Ocean SIDS and the African coasts developing countries on end to end tsunami early warning system; Recommendation on how the country could and/or should foster their end to end TEWS and the knowledge and know-how for the country’s stakeholders of what they need to do to further develop, strengthen and sustain their end to end tsunami early warning system especially focusing on tsunami preparedness, response and mitigation.

There are three activities that will be implemented in this project, including: Indian Ocean end to end TEWS stock taking survey, Training/workshop on effective tsunami preparedness, response and mitigation (on the subjects Tsunami Risk Assessment, Tsunami Risk Reduction Policy and Action Plan, Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunami Early warning and Emergency Response, and Guideline for Tsunami Exercise).

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  • Regional Training/Workshop on Coastal Hazard Assessment and Mitigation in Seychelles 7 – 11 March 2016 (This training was jointly organized with the support of UNESCO/IOC RP budget, ICG/IOTWMS secretariat, MFIT and the Government of Seychelles). The training was attended by 28 participants from 10 countries, (Comoros, Kenya, Le-Reunion, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania).
  • National Training on Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunami Early Warning and Response in Mauritius, 14-18 March 2016. The training was attended by 36 participants representing various agency at national and local level who are responsible in responding to tsunami early warning and emergency. One of the key result of this training was developing the Time Line to draft Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre, for the Mauritius Meteorological Service, and for the Local Emergency Operational Centre.
  • National Pre-IOWave16 Training/Workshop on Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness and Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response in Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique, 13-17 June 2016
  • National Pre-IOWave16 Training/Workshop on Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness and Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response in Tanzania, Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, 20-24 June 2016
  • National Training/Workshop on Toward the Indian Ocean Wave Exercise 2016 and Tsunami Awareness, Preparedness, and Early Warning System and Response in Seychelles, Beau Vallon, Seychelles, 16-19 August 2016.
  • Developed educational awareness and preparedness materials on Indian Ocean Distance Tsunami (Available in English, French, Malay, Portuguese, and Swahili) and Tsunami Hazard in South China Sea Region (Available in English and Malay)

Towards Economic Resilience in the Pacific and Southeast Asia: Reducing Risk of Loss & Damage in the Tourism and Agriculture Sectors from Extreme and Slow-Onset Events through Improved Assessment and Education

15The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Managing the risk of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation (CCA) (IPCC 2012) as well as recent disasters, such as Cyclone Evan in Samoa and Fiji in December 2012 all underscore the necessity to revisit and enhance knowledge and understanding on how to reduce and prevent the risk of loss and damage (L & D).

The project will provide a systematic and in-depth review and evaluation of best practices and lessons learned for reducing risk of L & D due to key drivers namely climate change and urbanization related trends. The project will develop and strengthen measures and priority DRR (e.g. risk assessments, Early Warning Systems (EWS), institutional capacities) and CCA tools for reducing climate change associated risk under different adaptation and development pathways.

The main expected results are:

  1. Improved understanding of loss and damage realities, experiences in the Pacific and Southeast Asia regions achieved;
  2. New knowledge and awareness of best practices, lessons learned; as well as innovative insights into how to strengthen the tools and methods for reducing risk of loss and damage generated;
  3. Capacity needs for reducing loss and damage in the agriculture and tourism sectors assessed;
  4. iv. Improved understanding, knowledge sharing and capacities to deal with reducing risk of loss and damage achieved. This also includes empowering climate change negotiators with new insights/information from loss and damage in the agriculture and tourism sectors from climate change.













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  • Launched an Inter-regional dialogue on L&D from climate extremes and Climate Change at the International Workshop on Sustainability Science for Sustainable Development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4-5 March 2015. The panel discussion consisted of national experts from Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Malaysia. The dialogue session provided a platform to inform participants of experiences and lessons learned, best practices, challenges encountered as well as solution to this issue.
  • Organized an assessment workshop on loss and damage from climate change (the 1st and largest in the region) involving USP in-country experts and coordinators, as well as major stakeholders and partners including the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Pacific Community (SPC). One of the key results of the workshop was the preparation of a Tool Kit to assess loss and damage at community level. The workshop also provided an opportunity to raise interest in loss and damage to the other countries not currently covered in the MFIT project.
  • Organized a regional workshop to review the results and outputs of the project that is titled – “Towards economic resilience in the Pacific and Southeast Asia: Community-based loss and damage assessment for the tourism and agricultural sectors” in Vaitele, Samoa.

AP – FAST: Facility for Accelerating Science & Technology Knowledge Services for SDGs into National Development Plans in Asia and the Pacific

With the adoption of the new development Agenda 2030, the necessity for policy makers in Asia and the Pacific to follow the processes in relation to sustainability demands common efforts for management, a major aspect of which is integrated attention to economic and socio-cultural influences together with environmental issues.

To facilitate the integration of the new Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development into national development plans, AP-FAST focus especially on SDGs 5, 6, 11, 13, 14, 15, and 17. AP-FAST takes into account cross-cutting SDG 5 on gender equality and 17 on partnership. It especially corresponds to the SDG 17, as it is indeed an attempt to help foster a ‘global partnership for sustainable development’, specifically by meeting targets in ‘technology’ and ‘capacity-building’ enhancement. Gender dimension will be fully integrated into AP-FAST, by taking into consideration current and potential meaningful participation of women in STI related activities. AP-FAST sub-programmes will include all thematic areas under UNESCO Natural Sciences sector, including FAST-Water, FAST-Ecosystems, FAST-Climate, FAST-DRR, FAST-Innovation, FAST-Ocean, thus corresponding to SDGs 6, 11, 13, 14 and 15 as well.

In order to achieve this, this project will be implemented through the following components:

  • Organizing regional meetings on the implementation of SDGs, to analyse the incorporation of the targets of the SDGs into national development plans in Asia and the Pacific. One of the meeting will also serve as the official launching of the AP-FAST initiative in the region,
  • Identifying effective and inclusive means for the use of Science & Technology Knowledge for implementing a transformational development agenda at the national and regional levels in pilot countries; and
  • Defining an AP-FAST annual meeting model as the regional forum to discuss the processes and progress on the integration of SDGs in the national development plans in the region. 


Key ActivitiesNews

  • Jointly organized an International Conference entitled “Asia Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions” on 23-25 Nov 2016 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. It was a platform to discuss and explore new dimensions to increase water and food security and alleviate poverty in order to progress UN Agenda 2030 with particular emphasis on SDG Goals 1, 2, 6 and 7, linking also with SDG Goal 11 and 13. The conference focused on resource-deficient dryland regions worldwide with participation from Afghanistan, Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Philippines. Subsequent panel discussions on nexus approaches for water, food, energy and livelihood, agricultural sustainability, as well as disaster management, lead to 26 recommendations in order to better deliver SDGs at the local, national and regional level. 
  • Jointly organized a Regional Workshop on Accelerating Science and Technology to Foster the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific and Launching of AP-FAST in Dili, Timor Leste, 7-9 June 2017. Mr Stephen Kearney, Resident Coordinator a.i. and HE Ms. Dulce Soares, Vice Minister, Min of Education graced the event.
  • Jointly organized the National Dialogue on Water Security: Implementing Water Goals in Timor-Leste, 16 – 17 October 2017.