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BAPPENAS (National Planning Agency of Republic of Indonesia), UID (United in Diversity) and SDSN Indonesia, hosted a conference “Collaboration and Action to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia” on Monday, May 16th, 2016. The aim of the conference was to enhance mutual understanding of stakeholders on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Around 300 participants attended the event including strategic stakeholders from the government, business, civil society, academic sector, and youth, in addition to members of the SDSN Indonesia Network.

Sofyan Djalil, Minister of National Planning RI, and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and SDSN were keynote speakers. While sharing his views on “The Importance of Sustainable Development for Betterment of Indonesia”,Minister Djalil assured the crowd of the Indonesian government’s commitment to implementing the SDGs by incorporating them into their National Medium Term Development Plan (2015-2019). Professor Sachs then suggested several critical priorities for Indonesia including rural development and poverty eradication, educational quality and attainment, ICT for sustainable development, job creation, energy transformation, climate resilience (e.g. peat burning), and biodiversity conservation. The plenary session was moderated by Mari Elka Pangestu, member of the esteemed SDSN Leadership Council.

The conference featured a panel session moderated by Rahimah Abdurahim, Executive Director of The Habibie Center. These four panelists discussed localizing the SDGs in the Indonesian context and next steps of their implementation in this complex environment.

  • Endah Murtiningtyas, Deputy National Planning Minister of Maritime & Natural Resources of Ministry of National Planning RI, spoke on SDG localization through economic, social, and environmental development;
  • Rebekah Brown, Director of Monash Sustainability Institute discussed sustainable urban water management;
  • I Gede Ardhika, Chairman of the Board of Sustainable Tourism Development on Sustainable Tourism Development went into detail on how Indonesia offers a great case study for implementing tourism law; and finally
  • John Thwaites, Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and SDSN Australia Pacific discussed the management and development of green buildings.