Chief Executive of National Commission of Indonesia for UNESCO, Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia, Arief Rahman, pushes UNESCO to be able to increase the contribution in utilizing science and technology to solve the defiance, including to reach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Chief Executive of Indonesian National Commission of the United Nations for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -UNESCO, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Arief Rahman, said that Indonesia as an archipelagic country has a challenge in facing the climate change. Furthermore, migration, equality, and the fourth Industrial Revolution have become mutual challenges in the Asia Pacific region. It was said by Arif Rahman when attending Regional Strategic Coordination Meeting of Asia Pacific - UNESCO in Jakarta, Monday (30/7). He said that UNESCO as the board of United Nations should be able to contribute in facing the challenge, including the policies which could push efforts in overcoming the challenge of Sustainable Development Goals.
"Currently there have been some issues related to Indonesia, such as climate change. It is a very important thing. Then, urbanization, Poverty which is inequality between the ones who are smart and not, rich and poor, then those who live in the cities and villages. Therefore, we have to see the contribution from science towards the issues. The most important thing is, UNESCO does not only have to think the science, but also the benefit of sustainable development. I think that the most important contribution is the policies," Arief Rahman said.
Furthermore, Arief Rahman added, besides pushing through the policy sector, UNESCO could also play a role in strengthening the capacity of science and technology among member countries. According to Arief Rahman, UNESCO can also contribute by promoting the utilization of the sustainable ecosystem, especially through economic management and biodiversity. (VOI/ANDY/Trs.Rsy/AHM)