UNESCO Office, Jakarta - Regional Bureau for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific

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1951, Jakarta (Indonesia), within the framework of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as UNESCO Field Office for South East Asian Science Cooperation (SEASCO). Originally hosted by Indonesia, temporarily transferred to Bangkok (Thailand) in 1965, but returned to Jakarta in 1967 as UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology for Southeast Asia (ROSTSEA) -- Bureau régional de l'UNESCO de science et de technologie pour l'Asie du Sud-Est or UNESCO Jakarta Regional Office for Science and Technology for Southeast Asia -- Bureau régional de l'UNESCO de Jakarta de science et de technologie pour l'Asie du Sud-Est, and also referred to by the initials UNESCO/ROSTSEA. Subsequent name changes: UNESCO Jakarta Office -- Bureau de l'UNESCO à Jakarta, 1993; UNESCO Office, Jakarta - Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, 2001, and also started functioning as the Office for the UNESCO Representative to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Since 2003, also functions as the Office for the UNESCO Representative to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste, following signing of the instrument of Acceptance of Membership by Timor-Leste in 2002. Since 2005, also functions as the Office for the UNESCO Representative to Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste, when Brunei Darussalam became 191st member of UNESCO.


Contribute to peace and human development in a era of globalization through education, sciences, culture and communication; reduce poverty through education for all, applying scientific knowledge to the benefit of the poor and removing social, cultural and communications barriers to equity; humanize globalization through building cultural and communication bridges, assurance of cultural heritage and empowerment of the marginalized to participate; bridge the digital divide through socio-technical innovation; redress marginalization of women and young people; assist in combating the threat of HIV/AIDS through providing essential knowledge and changing negative attitudes and behaviours through education and advocacy; empower indigenous cultures confronting the modern world; create a sustainable world for present and future generations through linking science and ecological knowledge with an understanding of community and social processes; promote freedom of expression, free flow of information and press freedom; promote peace by addressing the challenges of globalization.

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Organizes training courses, workshops, seminars and symposia in cooperation with the relevant government ministries or departments, universities, institutions, professional bodies, scientific councils and academics, intergovernmental and non-governmental bodies. Training programmes: (i) Long-term international training courses (6 months - 2 years) for post-graduate students from developing countries; (ii) Short-term training courses (1 week - 3 months), mostly on a regional or sub-regional basis; (iii) Individual fellowships for senior scientists, technologists and engineers to attend a non-UNESCO training activity in another country; (iv) Awards within regional network programmes supported by UNESCO, for exchange of scientists, technologists and engineers within the region (normally among the developing countries); (v) Study awards and travel awards, mainly for young scientists, technologists and engineers; (vi) visiting lecturers and professors.

Field of activities: Education; Science, including Water, Environmental, Earth, Engineering Sciences and Technology, Basic, and Coastal Regional and Small Islands; Social and Human Science; Culture; Communication; Intersectoral; Special Focus.

Regional Networks:


 • Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU); SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH); UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED); Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE); Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID).


 • Science and Technology Policy Asian Network (STEPAN); Asian Physics Education Network (ASPEN); UNESCO Regional Network for Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology in Southeast Asia; ASEAN Institute of Physics (ASEANIP); Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS); Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP); Association for Engineering Education in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (AEESEAP); Regional Steering Committee of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RSC); Asian Pacific FRIEND (FRIEND/APF); UNESCO Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands (UNESCO CSI Programme); East Asian Biosphere Reserve Network (EABRN); Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserve Network (SeaBRnet).


 • Asia Pacific Information Network (APIN).

Instrumental in setting up: Regional Network for Community Technology for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RNTCD); Regional Secretariat for Gender, Science and Technology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RESGEST).



Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 22 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 20 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 30 countries
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Subjects *

  • Communication
    • Communication
  • Education
    • Education
  • Science
    • Science
  • Culture
    • Culture
    • UNESCO Bodies

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender Equality



Last News Received

8. Mar 2018
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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