Marine Biodiversity Conservation for a Lasting Prosperity for the People

Oct 4, 2017

Coordinator Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (left), received a token of appreciation from UN Resident Coordinator, Anita Nirody.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — For the third time in three consecutive years, Indonesia initiated the Social Good Summit (SGS) which is a yearly event of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The SGS was started in New York in 2015 and since then has spread to more than 80 UNDP offices in the world, including Indonesia.

This 2017 theme is “Marine Biodiversity Conservation for a Lasting Prosperity for the People”. This is related to the SDG’s goal no. 14, Life Below Water. This event encourages young people to be responsible for the preservation of the life below water, and to answer challenges that might hinder or even damaged our marine biodiversity. Speakers of the panel consists of influential public figures such as Riyanni Djangkaru and YouTube sensation Pangeran Siahaan & Iman Sjafei (host of Opinion in Metro TV).

In her opening remarks, Anita Nirody, United Nations Resident Coordinator said “We are here to talk about how we as an individuals, communities and societies, can make a difference – to make our oceans sustainable for the current and future generations. The role of young people is therefore key.” With over 66% of its territory being water, Indonesia is famous for its rich and abundant natural beauty, its beaches, oceans and marine life. However, emerging threats such as marine plastic debris and unregulated fishing is causing significant impacts to the ocean’s sustainability.

Luhut Panjaitan, Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, added that “Marine biodiversity conservation is an inclusive movement, in which participation from all stakeholders including youths are welcomed.” He also encouraged youth and communities to be innovative, and to find new ways to reduce waste and garbage that by end of the day end up in the oceans and threaten the life of its inhabitants.

UNDP has been working with the Government of Indonesia on several marine initiatives such as the Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Programme Phase 2 and the Global Sustainable Supply Chain for Marine Commodities which is currently on the pipeline. 


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