UNESCO has a leading role globally as a UN Agency with a specialized mandate in the sciences, education, culture and communications. Its constitutional aim is to advance international peace and the common welfare of humankind through strengthening “intellectual and moral solidarity”.
Member States have mandated UNESCO with promoting ethical science: science which shares the benefits of progress for all, protects the planet from ecological collapse and which creates a solid basis for peaceful cooperation. Therefore, supporting its mandate, UNESCO (195 Member States) has adopted a global Declaration of ethical principles in relation to climate change during the 39th Session of its General Conference in 2017.
UNESCO Jakarta Office – the Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, has promoted various initiatives programme for responding to the cross-cutting issues of climate change such as:
1. Addressing environmental, social and ethical challenge of annual haze in Southeast Asia: Bioethical and Sustainability Science Perspectives
2. MOST School of Sustainability Science: Supporting Strategies to Address the Social Implications of Climate Change
3. Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development
4. Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Reduction of Heritage Cities in Southeast Asia and Small island Developing States in the Pacific
5. Building a Resilient Tropical Rainforest heritage of Sumatera for Climate Change Mitigation and Biodiversity Conservation
5. Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change