UNDP and Daily Newspaper Kompas Partner for the SDGs First Panel Discussion Held in JakartaMay 20, 2016
Jakarta, 19 May 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Indonesia is forging a partnership with the country’s most influential newspaper Kompas Daily. UNDP and Kompas will jointly advocate for sustainable development in Indonesia and sensitize the 250 million Indonesian population to the Sustainable Development Goals that all countries adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015.
Under this new partnership, UNDP and Kompas organized jointly on 19th May 2016 a public discussion titled “Indonesia toward Sustainable Development Goals” held at Kompas building Bentara Budaya in Jakarta.
The event was opened by Kompas Daily Deputy Editor-in-Chief Ms. Ninuk Pambudy and UNDP Country Director Mr. Christophe Bahuet. It featured a panel discussion with Deputy Minister of National Development Planning Dr Subandi, Special Staff of the Minister of Health on Partnership and SDGs Diah Saminarsih, Assistant of West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Secretary for Economy and Development Lalu Gita Ariadi, Executive Director of International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development (INFID) Sugeng Bahagijo and Executive Board Chairman of Indonesia Philanthropist Association (PFI) Timotheus Lesmana.
The discussion was attended by central and local officials, development partners, representatives from Civil Society Organisations, the private sector and philanthropy organisations, academics and students.
In her opening remarks, Ms. Pambudy said there are lessons to be learnt from some of the targets of the Millenium Development Goals Indonesia has yet to achieve.
UNDP Indonesia Country Director Christophe Bahuet emphasized that the SDGs have to be integrated into national development and noted that a strong convergence already existed between the global goals and Indonesia’s development strategies and plans.
Mr. Bahuet also highlighted the powerful role that the media can play for the SDGs. “To succeed, the SDGs must be known and owned by citizens. The media, which is represented by Kompas group here, will help bring the SDGs messages to the Indonesian people.” said Mr. Bahuet.