MALAYSIA NATIONAL STATEMENT AT THE 200TH SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF UNESCO
1. I now wish to shift to the National Statement. In view of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Malaysia is committed to sharing its experience and knowledge with other countries on its education policy review. The launching of Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 (Pre-School to Post-Secondary Education) in 2013, followed by Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) in 2015 has set forth a clearer stage for the transformation of the Malaysian education system in a span of 10 to 12 years. The aspirations stipulated in the blueprints, elaborated with the support of UNESCO, aim to equip the students as well as the educators for the needs of the 21st century, and to provide a platform as a way to enhance support to countries in need.
2. Besides, Malaysia is also committed towards reinforcing the quality of early childhood education. In support of this effort, Malaysia hosted the Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education (APFEC) in July 2016 that led to the adoption of the Putrajaya Declaration with a view to driving the transformation that the world aims to achieve by 2030.
3. In connection to this, the Government of Malaysia echoes UNESCO’s proactive actions and has taken a strong position against violent extremism through inclusive education in our effort to promote values of peace and stability in this ever challenging surroundings.
4. It is my great pleasure to inform that Malaysia will host the First MOST Forum of Ministers of Social Development for the Asia-Pacific Region on 22-23 March 2017. “Building Inclusive Societies” has been chosen as the theme of the Forum to reflect the spirit of the newly adopted 2030 Agenda centred on Sustainable Development Goals. As President of the Malaysian National Commission to UNESCO, I wish to confirm our Government’s desire to host the next 13th ordinary session of the MOST IGC as well as the preceding Bureau meeting which will be held back-to-back with the Ministerial Forum. Among the expected results from the session is an Action Plan for the implementation of the MOST Strategy covering the period 2016-2021. A significant part of the session is also expected to deal with what MOST should focus on concerning the background, causes, processes and the social implications of migration. I am sure – you will agree with me, Mr. Chair, that the issue of migration is a key issue for all regions, and a challenge at all level. None should be left behind as stressed in 2030 Agenda, which the MOST strategy is an important tool to contribute to achieve this and the social dimension of 2030 Agenda.
5. The Government of Malaysia recognizes the UNESCO’s role as promoter of international cooperation within its competencies as well as the related United Nations’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. The Malaysia UNESCO Funds-In-Trust (MFIT) serves to enhance the South-South Cooperation by placing particular emphasis on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Asia and the Pacific as well as Africa. Since its inception in 2013, assistance to the projects undertaken has been provided to several priority areas inter-alia in Education, Science, Engineering & Technology, Climate Change as well as Water Security which are consistence with several SDGs such as SDG 4, 6 and 13.
6. Time does not permit me to dwell in detail as far as the Director-General’s Preliminary Proposals on the Draft Programme and Budget (39 C/5) is concerned. I believe that the analysis drawn from various consultations with all parties concerned should provide useful entry points that may fittingly find their place in the Main Lines of Action of UNESCO’s programs and the management/budgetary back-up.
Thank you very much for your kind attention.
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