Indonesian Youth Called To Be Involved in Development Goals

Sep 28, 2016

The Social Good Summit captivated hundreds of tech-savvy youth with inspiring messages about how to take advantage of technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speakers from Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti to actor and UNDP’s SDGs Mover Reza Rahadian called on young people to get involved, from supporting sustainable fishing to helping remote villages with access to renewable energy to improving the state of education in Indonesia.

UN Indonesia Resident Coordinator Douglas Broderick opened the event with tips for young people to be change makers.

 “Memorize the 17 sustainable development goals in your daily work. Be involved, be engaged, and be studious. You will have many ideas but strive for the one big, golden idea. Make the news or no one will hear about your dreams. Constantly strive to make one new contact every day. And take small steps to bring about large opportunities,” he said.

Minister Susi Pudjiastuti highlighted President Joko Widodo’s vision “to make the sea Indonesia’s future.”

“Indonesia’s fishermen have to dominate our sea. And we have to fish sustainably to ensure our fish supply is sufficient for the next generation,” she said.

“The health of the oceans is what’s influencing climate change,” she added.

Reza shared his experience of being involved in crowdfunding to build a solar-powered water pump in Sumba. In just a few months, the "Bring Water for Life" campaign raised 350 million rupiah. As an SDGs mover, Reza went to the village that benefited from such a water pump and witnessed the difference it made in the lives of the villagers.

"I don't want to be someone who supports a social movement just for publicity,"  he said. "UNDP welcome the opportunity to get me involved in a concrete project so I was excited to be a UNDP SDGs mover and I want to get things done."

 The Social Good Summit Indonesia is one of dozens held around the world to examine how technology can help initiatives to achieve SDGs. Audience were encouraged to participate in the discussions using hashtags #2030NOW and #SAYA2030. #2030NOW became the trending topic for Twitter users in Indonesia for hours throughout the event.

 Main speakers also include CEO of DestinAsia and UNDP’s SDGs mover Ronald Liem, social entrepreneur Tri Mumpuni, President of Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development and CEO of Sintesa Group Shinta Kamdani, actor and techpreneur Christian Sugiono, co-founder of ruangguru.com Iman Usman, and novelist Ahmad Fuadi.

A live blog from the event is on https://storify.com/undpindonesia/social-good-summit-2016

Videos from the live stream are available in English: https://youtu.be/RcJRHb0CZK8. And in Indonesian: https://youtu.be/Z6_3tKhCqJY

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