Local Government Officials from 30 Cities and Provinces meet to discuss SDGs
The United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), the Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI) and the European Union (EU) are jointly organising a second national training on 24-25 July 2019 in Jakarta, to strengthen the capacity of local governments in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of the LOCALISE SDGs (Leadership, Ownership and Capacities for Agenda 2030 Local Implementation and Stakeholders Empowerment on Sustainable Development Goals) project, the two-day training brings together 30 local government officials from 16 provinces and 14 cities across Indonesia.
This national training, which is also supported by Tanoto Foundation, focuses on how to develop and advocate conducive systems and environment to implement the Agenda 2030. The training will use various learning methodologies and approach from UCLG Learning such as Localise SDG Module, peer to peer learning, shared-learning, and also knowledge product and case study from LOCALISE SDGs, LOCALISE SDGs partners and related ministries.
With the theme "Local Government Strengthening for SDGs Implementation", the training was officially opened by Mrs Indah Sri Wibi Nastiti, Executive Director of APEKSI, Mr Hans Farnhammer, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, and Mr Satrijo Tanudjojo, CEO of Global Tanoto Foundation.
“Local Governments are key players in the implementation of SDGs in Indonesia”, said Mrs Bernadia Tjandradewi, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC. On the other hand, based on series of focus group discussions since 2016, it appeared that awareness on the importance of SDGs among local governments and their associations needs to be improved. There is also a need to reach out directly to local governments and to get them engaged by explaining with their own realities what SDGs entail for them so there will be no constraint in developing Local Action Plan (RAD),” added Mrs Tjandradewi.
“APEKSI sees SDGs as a way to make municipalities realise the importance of sustainable development in planning development since SDG goals are comphensive, and emphasise partnership in reaching the goals,“ explained Mrs Indah Sri Wibi Nastiti, Executive Director of APEKSI.
“The European Union and the Government of Indonesia are fully committed to SDGs,” stated Mr Hans Farnhammer, Head of Cooperation, the EU Delegation to Indonesia. “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 implementating the ambitious, transformative and universal 2030 Agenda that aims at delivering poverty eradication and sustainable development for all,” he added.
‘‘Based on our portfolio related to Indonesia's education system, it is one of the most complex system in the world, where there are more than 50 million students, 2.6 million teachers, and 250 thousand schools. We realize that to improve the quality of education in Indonesia, collaboration with other parties is needed, in accordance with the principle of inclusiveness from SDGs that development is shared responsibility of all stakeholders. Therefore, Tanoto Foundation acts as a catalyst for partnerships, both with the government, the private sector, and other development partners to generate progressive ideas for broader and deeper impacts," said Mr Satrijo Tanudjojo, CEO of Global Tanoto Foundation.
About LOCALISE SDGs
The LOCALISE SDGs project is the UCLG ASPAC and APEKSI joint effort to provide capacity building activities for Local Governments and their associations in implementing SDGs, and to establish the LOCALISE SDGs Shared Platform as a common ground to discuss, network and share innovation related to SDGs implementation. The LOCALISE SDGs project, funded by the European Union, is targeting 16 provinces and 14 cities in Indonesia.
About UCLG ASPAC
UCLG is a worldwide association, established on 1 January 2004 and headquartered in Bercelona, Spain. UCLG is the only local government organisation recognised by the United Nations. UCLG ASPAC is one of the Regional UCLG section for Asia Pacific, an amalgamation of International Union of Local Authorities, United Towns Organization (UTO), and World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS). Based in DKI Jakarta, UCLG ASPAC becomes the largest section of UCLG with its network exceeding 7000 local governments, representing more than 4.5 billion people – more than half the world’s population – and uniting fast-developing countries such as China, India, and Indonesia.
APEKSI is an association consisting of 98 city/ municipal governments aimed at assisting its members in implementing regional autonomy and creating a conducive climate for the establishment of cooperation among regional administrations. In line with the spirit of decentralisation and democracy, APEKSI has supported its members to achieve improved social welfare through democracy, participation from the people, justice and equal access for local diversities and potentials.
About Tanoto Foundation
Tanoto Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization that was founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. Through its own programs, partnerships, and as catalysts for others, Tanoto Foundation strives to improve the quality of education and to improve lives. Tanoto Foundation integrates Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impact targets into all its programs and initiatives.
About Europe Union (EU)
The EU is a unique economic and political union between 28 Member States. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. The EU is the largest trade block in the world; as well as the world's largest source and destination of foreign direct investment. Collectively, the EU and its Member States are the largest donor of Official Development Assistance (ODA), providing more than half of ODA globally.