Influential voices in Indonesia lend their support to Global GoalsSep 28, 2015
Jakarta, September 28 – From one of Indonesia’s most powerful men to the whiz kids of mobile apps, a group of influential voices and inspiring youths gathered on Monday to show their support for the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals.
The Social Good Summit in Indonesia was one of more than 100 Social Good Summits organized around the world in September to raise awareness of the SDGs. Adopted by all 193 UN Member States, the SDGs are 17 ambitious goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change by 2030.
“The success of the SDGs lies in our hands. I don’t know where I’m going to be 15 years from now. But, I would like to live in a world that is more just and equitable. I would like to see all school-age children in school,” UNDP Indonesia Country Director Christophe Bahuet said.
He said UNDP is deeply involved in the new development goals to take effect on January 2016. All 17 goals are connected to the focus areas of UNDP’s Strategic Plan: sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience.
Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Human Rights Luhut Pandjaitan opened the Social Good Summit, jointly hosted with media and citizen journalism platform Rappler.inc.
Speaking without a script, the former general called on youth to take a more active role in addressing income inequality and to work to support Indonesia’s economic growth.
Rappler. Inc. CEO Maria Ressa cited technological development as one of the keys to ensuring the success of the Global Goals, particularly with efforts to eliminate poverty and the importance of technology.
“The game changer is technology. With technology, why should companies be able to grow exponentially, why can’t government solve problems exponentially, technology gives us new ways of solving each problem,” said Ressa, who was once a CNN correspondent in Indonesia.
Other speakers were CEO of Go-jek Nadiem Makarim, youth activist Arlanda Karzia, the co-founder of Qlue Smart City, and the winners of Pulse Lab Jakarta’s Big Ideas Competition Derta Isyajora and Dzimar Akbarur Rokhim.
Isyajora and Dzimar have developed an online application to track damaged roads in Yogyakarta. They were one of four winners from Indonesia, selected from 208 applicants from Malaysia, India, Indonesia and South Korea.