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on a pos­i­tive note.

“It is cru­cial to un­der­stand that so­cial de­vel­op­ment is all about build­ing an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety, which was ad­vo­cated in the 1995 Copen­hagen World Sum­mit for So­cial De­vel­op­ment,” she said, adding that this was a key agenda dis­cussed at the fo­rum where thoughts and ideas were de­lib­er­ated on by the del­e­gates.

“Par­tic­i­pants shared their unique ex­pe­ri­ences, knowl­edge and poli­cies, chal­lenges, re­search gaps and pol­icy so­lu­tions,” she said, adding that nine res­o­lu­tions were adopted at the fo­rum themed “Build­ing In­clu­sive So­ci­eties”.

Ro­hani had ear­lier told the fo­rum that Malaysia was work­ing on six strate­gies in its ef­fort to build an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety.

“The first strat­egy will be in strength­en­ing the fam­ily in­sti­tu­tion through par­ent­ing skills, fam­ily val­ues, coun­selling ser­vices and fam­ily sup­port sys­tems.

“We will op­ti­mise the po­ten­tial of youth through ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing in dy­namic lead­er­ship, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, en­trepreneurs and in­spir­ing the spirit of vol­un­teerism.

“Our on­go­ing ef­forts are to en­hance the role of women by cre­at­ing a con­ducive work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, to in­crease the num­ber of women in de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions at high level and pol­i­tics,” she said, adding that the min­istry was up­hold­ing the in­ter­ests of chil­dren through strength­en­ing pro­tec­tion against vi­o­lence, aban­don­ment, and ne­glect.

“The el­derly will not be for­got­ten. We aim to en­hance their life­style through a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment that pro­motes ac­tive age­ing and em­pow­ers dis­abled in­di­vid­u­als by pro­vid­ing more train­ing and en­trepreneur­ship skills to make them em­ploy­able.”

MOST is a pro­gramme un­der Unesco’s Com­mis­sion of So­cial Sciences, which aims to de­sign, co­or­di­nate and im­ple­ment pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to so­cial sciences, in­clu­siv­ity and gender equal­ity.

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

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

Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim

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