FO­RUM FOR EX­PERTS TO DIS­CUSS SO­CIAL IS­SUES

It is a plat­form for think tanks in the re­gion to share strate­gies, says min­is­ter

New Straits Times - - News -

FARHANA SYED NOKMAN

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THE Man­age­ment of Asia-Pa­cific Min­is­te­rial Fo­rum, held in con­junc­tion with the up­com­ing Man­age­ment of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tions (MOST) Pro­gramme, is a plat­form for ex­perts and pol­i­cy­mak­ers to share in­put and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Themed “Build­ing In­clu­sive So­ci­eties”, the fo­rum fo­cuses so­cial in­no­va­tion, age­ing pop­u­la­tion and women. The event, which started at Sun­way Pu­tra Mall Ho­tel on Tues­day, will end on Thurs­day.

Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim, who is also MOST In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Coun­cil (IGC) pres­i­dent, said the fo­rum was an op­por­tu­nity for the world’s think tanks on so­cial poli­cies to study each other’s strate­gies in the field.

“The fo­rum will be a space for re­gional di­a­logue at the min­is­te­rial level, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of so­cial sci­en­tists on re­gional so­cial pol­icy strate­gies.

“It will also act as a plat­form to en­able the ex­change of ex­pe­ri­ence and suc­cess­ful prac­tices in na­tional poli­cies.

“It is an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate co­op­er­a­tion in knowledge through pre­sen­ta­tions and dis­cus­sions to iden­tify re­search gaps in so­cial poli­cies and in­flu­ence in­ter­na­tional de­bate and pol­icy for­mu­la­tion,” Ro­hani said at a press con­fer­ence.

She said she was ea­ger to study the mea­sures other coun­tries used to ad­dress women’s and chil­dren’s is­sues.

“We can ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of em­u­lat­ing some of their poli­cies.”

MOST, a pro­gramme un­der the Com­mis­sion of So­cial Sciences of the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Unesco), aims to de­sign, co­or­di­nate and im­ple­ment Unesco pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to so­cial sciences, in­clu­siv­ity and gen­der equal­ity.

Malaysia has been ap­pointed Unesco ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber from 2015 to 2019 through the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

The MOST Pro­gramme was launched to strengthen the dis­sem­i­na­tion of knowledge to mem­ber states by en­cour­ag­ing ev­i­dence-in­formed ap­proaches through a sus­tained di­a­logue be­tween re­searchers and pol­i­cy­mak­ers.

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