Indonesia’s top players and academia in technology and science converge to speed up SDGs achievement
Jakarta, October 18th, 2018 – Indonesia’s top industrial players and academia in technology and science gathered in Bandung on Thursday to discuss ways of applying latest scientific know-how in accelerating the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Assistant to the National Development Planning Minister for Economic Synergy and Finance, Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti opened the Harnessing the Power of Frontier Technology to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) conference, organized and hosted by Bandung-based University of Padjajaran and Center for Sustainable Development Studies under the University of Padjajaran.
“With the technology advancement, there is a great potential of utilizing frontier technology for sustainable development goals (SDGs). These frontier technologies can be harnessed in support of achieving and accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our country,” said Ms. Widyasanti
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), co-organized the one-day conference with University of Leiden, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University - all based in the Netherlands.
“Artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies are not just buzzwords; if applied effectively, they can improve lives, including for marginalized communities UNDP embraces innovation and disruptive technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and leave no one behind,” said UNDP Indonesia Country Director, Christophe Bahuet.
Among the speakers are CEO of Bukalapak, Achmad Zacky, Andi Alisjahbana, Member of National Research Council (DRN), Director of Technology and Development Indonesian Aerospace Company and Prof.Dr.ir.P.M. van Bodegom, Head of Department of Environmental Biology Institute of Environmental Science ( CML), Leiden University.
The conference aims at identifying collaborative opportunities between science academia and other stakeholders such as government, entrepreneur, community, and media on SDGs achievement. Participants are also expected to map solutions and innovations from the role of technology advancement in achieving SDGs.
UNDP Indonesia Communication Specialist, Tomi Soetjipto
UNDP Indonesia SDGs Advisor, Juliaty Sopacua