The United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) together with Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI) and the European Union (EU) jointly launched the "Localise SDGs" project on 31 July 2018 in Jakarta. The event was officially opened by Mrs Erna Witoelar, MDGs Special Ambassador for Asia-Pacific (2003-2007) and Mr Charles-Michel Geurts, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia.
“Local Government is a key player on SDGs implementation in Indonesia and their local context and active engagement are essential for implementing local action plans,” said Bernadia Tjandradewi, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Government Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC).
“APEKSI sees SDGs as a way to make municipalities realise the importance of sustainable development in planning development since SDG goals are comphensive, and emphasize partnership in reaching the goals,“ explained Sri Indah Widiastuti, the Executive Director of Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI).
“The European Union and the Government of Indonesia are fully committed to SDGs”, stated Charles-Michel Geurts Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia. “Promoting inclusive and sustainable development has a central place in our development agenda with Indonesia and the EU will continue to support the Indonesian Government in the implementation of his ambitious, transformative and universal 2030 Agenda that aims at delivering poverty eradication and sustainable development for all,” he added.
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 the Sustainable Development Goals (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 EU, is targeting 16 provinces and 14 cities in Indonesia.
SDGs implementation locally will also open an opportunity for innovation in local government. “Innovation is a key factor of sustainable development. Local Government as the main actor in local SDGs implementation has the authority to create innovation to implement local government function that become best practices in their area and related to SDGs”, said Mr Syafrizal, Head of Research and Development Centre for Local Innovation, Ministry of Home Affairs.
The centre has recorded hundreds of innovative programmes led by the Local Governments who received an Innovation Government Award in 2017. Among the governments, which received awards are the South Sumatra Province, Pontianak City, and Pinrang District. The innovation from South Sumatra Province is an integrated programme for poverty eradication called Gertak Sejuta Mandiri which relates to SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 10 (Reducing Inequalities). Pontianak City created Mobile Veterinarian that is in line with SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 15 (Life on Land). As for Pinrang District, they developed a movement to reduce maternal mortality rates called Gerakan Sekuntum Melati. It relates to SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being for People).