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7th Malaysia - UNESCO Cooperation Programme Steering Committee Meeting

The Members of the Malaysia - UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP) Steering Committee has convened in Jakarta, Indonesia for the 7th MUCP Steering Committee Meeting. Hosted at the office of the Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of UNESCO (UNESCO Jakarta), the meeting has gathered representatives from the Government of Malaysia, UNESCO Jakarta, UNESCO Regional Bureau for in Asia-Pacific (UNESCO Bangkok) as well as representative from the Bilateral Government Funding Source Division (BSP), UNESCO Headquarter in Paris. The meeting that takes place from 18-19 December 2018 was chaired by the newly appointed Secretary-General of the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM), Dr. Noraisah Spahat.

Co-chairing the Meeting was Professor Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Jakarta and UNESCO focal point for MUCP Programme. The composition of the Steering Committee also includes Ms, Jun Morohashi, Head of Executive Office/Regional Programme Coordinator, UNESCO Bangkok and Mr. Salvatore Mineo Program Specialist for Bilateral Government Funding Sources (BSP). Malaysian Natcom was also represented by Mrs. Roslinda Mat Musa (Programme Officer for External Relations) while colleagues from the field were connected via Skype teleconference.

The meeting reviewed the status of current and newly finished projects (20 projects) as well as the five up scaled projects involving new African Member States. Highlights of the meeting includes preparation on the way forward of the MUCP programme and the synthesis of it. Amongst the key decisions of the meeting is to extend the MUCP programme until the end of 2019, implementing several proposed synthesis exercises and to focus on the execution of the Final External Evaluation. Discussion also focused on exploring possibilities of collaborating with private sectors for the future modality of funds-in-trusts

The current MUCP up scaled projects focused on the reinforcement of national capacity to achieve SDG4, upscaling of water security, strengthening the national capacity building for disaster-risk reduction in World Heritage Sites, promoting policy development and planning based on research evidence as well as building the capacity of journalism in developing countries on climate change.

The meeting concludes with the reaffirmation of all relevant stakeholders to continue the effort on enhancing synergies and to work closely on the projects’ development.

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