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SPAFA SESH (in collaboration with SEAMEO SEPS): SDGs, Climate Action and Culture

SDGs, Climate Action and Culture

Date: 6 October 2023

Time: 14.00-16.00 hrs (GMT+7/BKK Time)

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In this SPAFA SESH, the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) is collaborating with SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability (SEAMEO SEPS). SEAMEO SEPS was established in 2019 as one of the 26 SEAMEO Regional Centres under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) with a mandate to promote the philosophy, principles and values of the Sufficiency Economy as an instrument for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) among 11 Southeast Asian Countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

In continuation from Session 1 which provided the fundamental concept of SDGs in both theory and practice focusing on school and community, the three invited speakers in this session (i.e. Session 2) will share their experiences relating to SDGs from cultural perspectives.

Compared to other sectors, the role of the cultural sector in SDGs implementation seems limited. However, sustainability will hardly be achieved without culture which underpins the foundation of humanity and its civilization. Therefore, this session aims to provide an overview of the recognition and contribution to SDGs from cultural sectors and their practitioners. The case studies in SDGs implementation on cultural practices and probably the consequences of the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development will also be shared. Last but not least, a toolkit for education on the SDGs and relevant matters will be introduced in order to provide a practical manual to be used, applied, or adapted for the school community.

What you will learn:
● The overview and roles of culture in SDGs especially in relation to climate action;

● Showcases of practices in the cultural heritage sector/professionals in response to SDGs; and

● Introduction to the toolkit entitled “Living with Water, Heritage & Risks: An Educator’s Toolkit for Global Citizenship” which is a teaching tool being conceptualized with adapted pedagogical principles found in the spheres of Global Citizenship Education (GCED), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), and Disaster Risk Management (DRM).


1. Mr. Henry Mcghie, Curating Tomorrow, UK, a consultant specializing in museums, sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals, climate education and action, ecology and nature conservation, leadership and strategy

Henry McGhie has a background as an ecologist, museum curator and manager. He set up Curating Tomorrow in 2019 to help empower museums and museum workers to contribute more effectively to a range of sustainable development agendas, including the SDGs, climate action, biodiversity conservation, human rights and Disaster Risk Reduction. He writes a series of open-access guides on these topics that are widely used. He has collaborated with UN Climate Change and spoken at climate ‘COPs’. He was a member of the team behind Reimagining Museums for Climate Action, a major AHRC-funded project, with a competition, exhibition at COP26, and that produced a number of resources for the museum sector.

The title of his presentation is: “Climate? SDGs? Culture? Bringing agendas together as one programme for positive change.”

2. Mr. Gabriel Caballero, Focal Point, ICOMOS-International Council on Monuments and Sites- Sustainable Development Goals Working Group

Mr. Gabriel Caballero is the designated Focal Point for the SDGs for ICOMOS and is a contributing expert of the International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes. He acts as facilitator and coordinator for ICOMOS’ work in relation to the global sustainable development policy arena. He develops ideas and monitors progress to support ICOMOS members/groups in the implementation of the ICOMOS Action Plan for Cultural Heritage and Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals and coordinates the strategic dissemination of information for the wider public and the policy community outside the heritage sector. In 2022, Mr. Caballero represented ICOMOS at the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development and he continues to advocate for culture to be an independent goal for sustainable development beyond 2030. Outside of ICOMOS, Mr. Caballero is an Assistant Vice President for Attractions Development at Mandai Wildlife Group, which undertakes the rejuvenation of the Mandai precinct into a world-class nature-based attraction amidst the protected area of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve in Singapore.

The title of Mr. Gabriel Caballero’s presentation is “Engaging Young People on Linking Culture, Heritage in Achieving the Global Goals“.

3. Ms. Karen Chin, Independent Consultant, Singapore

In 2019, Karen Chin was invited by SEAMEO And UNESCO’s APCIEU to conceptualise the learning resource Living with Water, Heritage & Risks: An Educator’s Toolkit for Global Citizenship. She was inspired by her background in museum and environmental conservation to take up this important task of creating an educators’ guide to explore water heritage. To design this resource, Karen relied on her 20 years of experience in designing transformational learning for students of all ages, educators and parents at museums and learning sites endowed with cultural and natural heritage. A significant part of Karen’s career was dedicated to pioneering interactive museum experiences for children and adults at Asian Civilisations Museum, the Peranakan Museum, National Museum Singapore, the Indian Heritage Centre, the Malay Heritage Centre and the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall operated by National Heritage Board, Singapore. She has also worked with the Ministry of Education, Singapore on Field-based Learning Guides for primary school students and teachers visiting the different national museums of Singapore. She is currently working with Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) to train preschool educators in age-appropriate activities that focus on Sustainable Development Goals and Outdoor Learning at wildlife parks in Singapore. Karen is a strong advocate for informal learning and has designed award-winning learning resources that have been recognised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Karen holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from University College London.

The title of her presentation is The Making of Living with Water, Heritage & Risks: An Educator’s Toolkit for Global Citizenship.

In this presentation, we will take a closer look at how the THINK-SHARE-ACT Heritage Framework for Global Citizens adopted in this toolkit can be used to learn more about safeguarding water heritage. We will also uncover how the toolkit’s lesson ideas support SDG Target 4.7 Quality Education and SDG Target 11.4 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

1. Participants are required to complete the Evaluation Form by 12 October 2023 at 23:59 hrs (GMT+7/ BKK Time).

2. Please double-check the spelling of your full name in the e-Certificate Validation Form.

3. Once you submit the e-Certificate Validation Form, requests for correction will NOT be accommodated.

4. The e-Certificates will be posted on the Facebook page “SEPS Webinar 2023.”

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