KUALA LUMPUR – Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim has been elected as the President of UNESCOâ€™ Intergovernmental Council of The Management of Social Transformation Programme (MOST IGC) Paris.
According to the ministry’s statement here today, Rohani is taking over from
Argentina’s Minister of Social Development Dr Alice Kirchner and she will helm the MOST Intergovernmental Council (IGC) for the period 2015 â€“ 2017.
MOST, which was launched in 1994, is the only UNESCO programme that fosters and promotes social science research to be used by policy-makers globally. It is composed of 35 Member States of UNESCO including China, Turkey, Brazil, Canada and Indonesia.
Rohani in her speech to address the IGC in Paris after winning the post, said she acknowledged the honour and trust given to her by the other members and that she would continue to strengthen the social and human sciences
work MOST has done to support the member states more effectively for the design and implementation of public policies.
“MOST has a valuable and distinctive role to play in social science and humanities research, acting as facilitator for co-operation and mobilisation of capacities, a forum for debate, and a reference point for policy-oriented considerations,” she was quoted as saying in the statement.
The minister said that to support social transformation towards inclusive and sustainable development, MOST would work with knowledge producers to enrich the social and human sciences knowledge base, convene knowledge-driven intergovernmental forums and deploy knowledge through appropriately designed polices.
The Programme has established expertise in connecting knowledge and country-specific policy design in such diverse areas such as poverty, hunger and inequalities, inclusiveness and equitable quality education, gender inequality,
sustainability and social justice.
Rohani said that MOST would continue to establish a two-way dialogue between academics and decision-makers, besides strengthening existing ties of cooperation in social development programmes that have proven to be efficient in
reducing economic and social disparities.
She concluded that Malaysia would be well placed to further contribute to all aspects of the work UNESCO is doing and further advance its noble objectives. – BERNAMA