Activities in 2017

Jan 2017

Contribution of Singapore's report to the 4th Annual Report of National Commissions for UNESCO

(The SNC provided a snapshot of our work in 2016 in support of UNESCO's publication of the second Annual Report.)

22 - 23 Mar 2017

Minister/MSF attended the Ministers responsible for social development and related portfolios, or their representatives, gathered in Kuala Lumpur, for the 1st Forum of Ministers of Social Development for Asia-Pacific, organized in the framework of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme of the UNESCOs

22 - 25 Mar 2017

2017 Meeting of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC) Working Group on Refugees in La Rioja, Spain (Judge (ret.) Richard Magnus participated as a member of the Working Group drafting the IBC's report on "The Bioethical Response to the Situation of Refugees".)

08 - 11 May 2017

Director of National Archives of Singapore, Mr Eric Chin, attended the Symposium Preservation and Access: Documentary Heritage of Southeast Asia in the Digital Age, 08 May 2017, and Consultation on Implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage including in Digital Form, 9 to 11 May 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He presented on the ASEAN Digital Library, a regional project to aggregate and connect the digitised resources of National Libraries in the ASEAN region so that these repositories can be accessed through a single search facility. Representative from NHB, Mr David Chew, also attend the sessions.

23 - 24 May 2017

Hosting of a closed-door meeting for the Editorial Board of the UNESCO-BAC Bioethics Casebook in Singapore

(The Bioethics Casebook is an initiative by the UNESCO Bioethics Team, and will be jointly produced by the BAC and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the University of Barcelona. The aim of the Casebook is to encourage reflection on the ethical and social aspects of problems posed in court rooms, in addition to the legal dimension. Court decisions from jurisdictions around the world will be analysed in the Casebook, taking into account geographical balance, as well as respect for the social and cultural dimension of bioethics in different countries. Though the Casebook is targeted at judges, it will be a useful resource for legal professionals, ethicists and public policy-makers as well. This will be the first UNESCO publication under Singapore's banner, and its value will be in enhancing Singapore's reputation at UNESCO and entrenching our values on bioethics and rule-based governance.)

07 - 08 Jun 2017

The Asian Film Archive (AFA) worked with the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau to conduct the UNESCO Memory of the World: Promoting SEA Audio-Visual Heritage Workshop on 7 and 8 June. This workshop provided training for film archive practitioners in Southeast Asia with the view to develop nominations to the UNESCO regional and international MoW registers.

(UNESCO covered the trainers' travel, accommodation and remuneration while NLB covered venues, flight and accommodation for the participants.)

19 - 20 Jun 2017

Participation in the 10th Session of the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) in Paris, France. Mr Charles Lim, Singapore's Representative to the IGBC and Rapporteur for the IGBC for 2016 to 2017 participated in the session. The IGBC is examining IBC's draft reports on (i) the Bioethical Response to the Situation of Refugees and (ii) Big Data and Health.

Sep 2017

Phang Lai Tee, Acting Deputy Director, Audio Visual Archives, NAS, sits on the UNESCO MOW Sub-committee on Technology (SCoT). Together with SCoT member Dr Dietrich Schüller, she conducted a workshop on the preservation of audio and video records at the International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, September 2016.

[For info, UNESCO MoW has not been funding SCoT for its meetings for the last 5 years. As a result, SCoT relies solely on electronic communication means for meetings and discussions and has not met since 2012. Owing to the high worldwide risk of loss of documentary heritage trapped in obsolete AV formats, SCoT has also proposed a Magnetic Tape Alert collaboration with International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and this is still pending funding support from UNESCO MoW.]

Sep 2017

Participation in the 24th Session of the IBC in Paris, France

(Judge (ret.) Richard Magnus attended this session as one of the four Vice-Chairs of the IBC.)

Sep 2017

Dr Koh Tat Suan, Director, SkillsFuture Singapore was invited as a speaker in the third International Conference on Learning Cities. He presented on Singapore's learning eco-system, with a focus on learning for life and how lifelong workforce development is a key characteristic of nation building. A key feature of this initiative is the setting up of the Lifelong Learning Council.

24 Oct 2017

Nominations for the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation 2017 (submitted in June 2017)

(The National Park Board, who oversees the Singapore Botanic Gardens, was named the laureate of the award. The award secretariat commended NParks for its significant contribution to environmental preservation. The prize-giving ceremony was held in Jordan on 7 November 2017 as a side event of the World Science Forum.)

Nov 2017

Participation in the 38th General Conference in Paris, France (UNESCO HQ)

(Delegation, including Min/CCY, DS/C Rosa Daniel, and CE/NHB Chang Hwee Nee, participated in the General Conference.)