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EU and Indonesia commit to strengthening Partnership for Sustainable Development
Today (28/5), the Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), H. E. Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro, together with the Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia, Charles-Michel Geurts, launched the EU-Indonesia Blue Book 2019, an annual publication on EU-Indonesia development cooperation. From advancing sustainable economic development to mitigating the effects of climate change, the publication highlights the key achievements of the EU and its Member States’ development programmes with Indonesia.
The EU and Indonesia have long partnered to fulfil global commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With this year’s theme coined as “Together for Sustainable Development”, the EU confirms the critical importance of the SDGs to the EU-Indonesia partnership.
“SDGs are the defining objectives that guide both the EU and Indonesia. Therefore, it is no surprise that the SDGs are the focus of the EU's cooperation with Indonesia. Indonesia has shown remarkable progress in incorporating the SDGs in its development plans, and the EU is committed to support Indonesia's efforts through targeted cooperation programmes," said Charles-Michel Geurts, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia.
“Indonesia and the EU may be geographically distant and culturally different, but when it comes to development cooperation, we have been, and will be continuing to work together to achieve the SDGs. The EU-Indonesia Blue Book is a great resource which highlights what has been accomplished, and what the future holds for the EU-Indonesia partnership,” said H.E. Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister for National Development Planning.
Key highlights of EU-Indonesia cooperation in 2018 include, among others:
The EU and Indonesia have progressed from a relationship defined by aid assistance towards a mutual partnership shaped by common interests and shared goals. As a member of the G20, the EU has shifted from multiannual bilateral assistance programmes in Indonesia to thematic and regional programmes based on strategic priorities.
“Gone are the days when countries rely on development aid to progress on their growth trajectory. We are moving into an era of strategic partnership built on a joint commitment to the SDGs. In the spirit of SDG 17 ‘Partnership for the goals’, our collaboration with Indonesia helps us address global challenges, as well as areas of strategic priority to both Indonesia and the EU,” added Charles-Michel Geurts, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia.
Based on these principles, the EU welcomes the opportunity to expand its partnership with Indonesia in priority areas such as economic cooperation, including sustainable investments, and climate change mitigation, and is committed to exploring new and innovative models of cooperation.
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