As Regional Bureau for Science, UNESCO Jakarta provides strategic expertise, advisory, monitoring and evaluation functions to Member States, other UNESCO Field Offices and UN Country Teams in the area of Science.
As Cluster Office, UNESCO Jakarta covers all UNESCO mandates: education, sciences, culture, communication and information. It is responsible for the implementation of related programmes in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste.
UNESCO-Jakarta and French MOFAID signed a MOU in 2014 to jointly implement regional scientific projects and programs. Under this partnership, the Secretariat of BIO-Asia is posted at UNESCO-Jakarta.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is the Center of Excellence in Agriculture of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Founded on 27 November 1966, SEARCA is mandated to strengthen institutional capacities in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia through graduate education and institutional development, research and development, and knowledge management. It serves the 11 SEAMEO member countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor- Leste, and Vietnam. SEARCA is hosted by the Government of the Philippines on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna, Philippines. It is supported by donations from SEAMEO member and associate member countries, other governments, and various international donor agencies.
The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) is one of the seven autonomous units of the University of the Philippines (UP) System. UPLB is the country's leading higher educational institution specializing in instruction, research and extension in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, and allied fields.
Committed to address complex development and environmental concerns, UPLB pursues multidisciplinary academic programs and collaborative research in climate change and disaster risk reduction, natural resource conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology, among others.
As a national and public university, UPLB maintains a service orientation through curricular and research activities that seek to contribute to inclusive growth and development.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science, improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers, and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Laguna, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries and about 1,400 staff members representing 36 nationalities.
Working with in-country partners, IRRI breeds and introduces advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change. An estimated 50 percent of Asian rice area is planted to IRRI-bred varieties or their progenies. The Institute develops new and improved methods and technologies that enable farmers to manage their farms profitably and sustainably, and recommends rice varieties and agricultural practices suitable to particular farm conditions as well as consumer preferences. IRRI is a member of the CGIAR consortium, committed