JAKARTA – The Government of Indonesia is fully committed in various multilateral forums as well as international agreements. Therefore the Chief of Staff of the Presidency Moeldoko is pleased to exchange ideas with representatives of various United Nations bodies at the Presidential Staff Office on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The meeting discussed collaborative options to promote the achievement of a global agreement that has become a common focus until 2030, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Accompanied by Deputy II Chief of Staff of President Yanuar Nugroho, the Chief of Staff of the President stated that, in the implementation of SDGs, the government understands the importance of public participation and transparency.
“Therefore, we view the Open Government Initiative (OGI) as one of the key in achieving our common goals,” Moeldoko said in a meeting attended by 18 institutions under the auspices of the United Nations in Indonesia.
In the discussion it was affirmed, as the lungs of the world, the Indonesian government is paying particular attention to the phenomenon of climate change. Indonesia is seeking to pursue economic growth, and that some argue that both are antithetical.
“However, the Indonesian government has a second view that it can not be separated, and must be achieved together,” said Deputy II Chief of Staff of President Yanuar Nugroho.
The discussion conducted in Bina Graha’s main conference room aims to emphasize Indonesia’s position as a country that places special attention to global issues. In this case the Government of Indonesia has signed Perpres no. 59 of 2017 on the Implementation of the Achievement of Development Goals in July 2017. The Perpres constitute the backbone of the structure and mechanism of SDGs in Indonesia.
un1 “Starting in 2018, the development orientation by the government is directed to human development, but it still does not leave the infrastructure development,” Moeldoko said.
Some of Indonesia’s success in implementing ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ or SDGs, among others, has been successful in many efforts in poverty alleviation in the last 10 years. The percentage of people living in poverty decreased from 17.75 percent (2006) to 10.12 percent (Septermber 2017).
In addition, Indonesia is active in maintaining world peace as a member of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces and United Nations Military Observations, protecting the rights of children and women, promoting stunting prevention, and ensuring the freedom of every citizen to embrace religion and belief.
Therefore, the major challenges currently faced by Indonesia are reducing poverty and inequalities through economic growth, building quality of human resources, preserving the environment and improving governance to be more open, effective and efficient.
“There is an international commitment to which this office is actively involved: SDG, OGP and Climate Change. We will not be able to make this commitment without the help of everyone involved including UN agencies, “Moeldoko said.
APPRECIATION FOR INDONESIA
Responding to the progress of the programs in achieving SDGs, UN Resident Coordinator Anita Nirody gave a high appreciation for the achievement of Indonesia.
“We deeply appreciate the hard work of the Government of Indonesia in implementing its programs, Indonesia is very important and recognized as a leader in achieving international agendas, especially in Climate Change SDGs,” said Anita. He also believes that Indonesia has many valuable experiences that can be shared with other countries in achieving ‘Sustainable Development Objectives’.
This discussion also addresses issues of farmer welfare by Anthea Webb of WFP, the issue of youth empowerment as a 2025 resolution update by Anette Robertson of UNFPA, and interventions in coping with HIV AIDS by Krittayawan Bontoo of UNAIDS.
“Our task at KSP has a lot to do with the duties of the UN and its implementing agencies. For that, I am grateful for the support that has been and will be given to us, “said Moeldoko. He insisted that the representatives of the international body do not hesitate to continue communicating with KSP if there are any matters that need further discussion.
Also present at the meeting, in addition to the UN Resident Coordinator, representatives of the World Food Program (WFP), UNFPA, UNWomen, UNHCR, UNOC, UNAIDS, FAO, UNOPS, UNIC, UNDP, UNICEF, Pulse Lab, IOM, ILO, UNOCHA, WHO, ASEAN-UN Liasioan.