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Speech by H.E. Vincent Guerend, the EU Ambassador to Indonesia, at the National Seminar on Consolidating Stakeholders for the Implementation and Achievement of the SDGs in Indonesia
Jakarta, 20 September 2018
Yang Terhormat Bapak Bambang Brodjonegoro, Menteri BAPPENAS,
Yang Terhormat Bapak Moeldoko, Kepala Staf Kepresidenan,
Yang Terhormat Para Kepala Daerah atau yang mewakili,
Country Director Oxfam GB, Ibu Maria Lauranti,
Direktur Eksekutif INFID, Bapak Sugeng Bahagijo,
Bapak, Ibu dan hadirin yang saya hormati,
It is a great pleasure for me to be here with you at the opening of this National Seminar on “Consolidating Stakeholders for the Implementation and Achievement of the SDGs in Indonesia”.
Since its inception in 2012, Indonesia has been a strong shaper of the SDGs Agenda.
The European Union is proud of the partnership developed with Indonesia and many countries towards bringing SDGs to life.
The European Union and EU Member States remain fully committed to implement the SDGs Agenda at home and welcome all opportunities to supporting our partners’ efforts abroad.
The SDGs Agenda is universal. It is not optional. That's why the European Union does its best to mainstream and embed the Sustainable Development Goals in all its internal and external policies.
Under the SDGs, our joint efforts are targeted towards eradicating poverty, reducing vulnerabilities and addressing inequalities, this to ensure that "no one is left behind".
Why SDGs are so important to Indonesia?
SDGs are of utmost importance for Indonesia as they guide national and local governments' development priorities. Many lessons learnt from MDGs implementation have been taken into account in developing the SDGs.
Looking back on Indonesia’s past experience with the MDGs: disparities between provinces, nurturing synergies between national and provincial efforts, and specifically achieving MDG goal 5 (reducing maternal mortality rate) and goal 6 (combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and other diseases) were identified as challenges.
Thus, after 2015, those MDGs that have not been fully achieved are re-introduced into the new SDGs framework.
The results of the latest study, funded by the European Union, on Indonesia’s preparedness in carrying out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) suggest that in order to achieve the greatest impact, all financing streams must be optimized and coordinated towards more sustainable development.
Also, the study confirms that SDGs can only be achieved with meaningful participation by Local Governments and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). This includes the need for an enabling environment that the national government still needs to strengthen.
Civil society should be encouraged and be more aware of its role and make use of its potential leverage.
I am glad that the EU-funded project "Strengthening Capacities of Civil Society to Enhance Governance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Indonesia" implemented by Oxfam GB in collaboration with INFID and KPI is able to support the work of the Government in this area.
The project aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations (including women's organisations) to engage in SDGs processes at the national level and monitor progress of SDGs realisation at the local/district level for the benefit of all people, especially the vulnerable.
The European Union has a long history of cooperation with civil society organisations and with local authorities in the field of development. It is part of the EU's commitment to fighting poverty and promoting the rule of law and adherence to fundamental freedoms.
The EU is committed to further strengthen its comprehensive partnership with CSOs. The EU Heads of Missions adopted the EU Roadmap for Engagement with Civil Society in Indonesia. It is a joint initiative between the EU and its Member States to strengthen partnership with civil society and providing support to their endeavours.
The Roadmap identified three strategic priorities for EU engagement with civil society in Indonesia: (i) enhancing efforts to promote an enabling environment for CSOs, (ii) promoting a meaningful and structured participation of CSOs in policy-making, and (iii) strengthening CSOs’ capacity to perform their roles as independent development actors more effectively.
The EU also provides technical support to thirty (30) local governments through a project "LOCALISE SDGs in Indonesia" implemented by UCLG ASPAC in coordination with APEKSI.
The project aims to empower Local Authorities and Associations of Local Authorities for enhanced governance and more effective development policies and to promote inclusive and sustainable local development through SDGs attainment.
All of the SDGs have targets directly related to local governments’ goals. Thus it requires the set up or the strengthening of an enabling institutional environment including multi-level governance mechanisms, multi-stakeholders and bottom up approaches, etc.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Promoting inclusive and sustainable development has a central place in our development agenda with Indonesia.
The EU will continue to support the Indonesian Government in the implementation of its ambitious, transformative and universal 2030 Agenda that aims at delivering poverty eradication and sustainable development for all. The EU is now exploring blended finance with European Financial Institutions to make a meaningful contribution to sustainable development.
I have strong faith that a forum like this, through dialogue and the exchange of ideas, will pave the way toward achieving endless opportunities for innovation and cooperation on SDGs implementation in Indonesia.
Let me congratulate Oxfam GB, INFID and KPI for this achievement and stress how much we look forward to other success stories from our cooperation to the benefit of all Indonesian citizens, in particular the most vulnerable groups.
I wish you a very fruitful seminar.