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Influential Indonesian voices support Global Goals

A group of influential voices and inspiring youths gathered on Monday to show their support for the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals.

The influential figures, ranging from one of Indonesia’s most powerful men to a whiz kids of mobile apps, attended the Social Good Summit in Indonesia, one of more than 100 such summits organized around the world in September to raise awareness of the SDGs.

Adopted by all 193 UN member states, the SDGs are a 15-year global development plan that comprises 17 ambitious goals aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice and tackling climate change by 2030.

“The success of the SDGs lies in our hands. I don’t know where I’m going to be 15 years from now. But, I would like to live in a world that is more just and equitable. I would like to see all school-age children in school,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia country director Christophe Bahuet said on Monday.

He said the UNDP was heavily involved in the new development goals, which kick off in January 2016. All 17 goals are connected to the focus areas of the UNDP’s strategic plan – sustainable development, democratic governance and peace-building, and climate and disaster resilience.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan opened the Social Good Summit, sharing hosting with media and citizen journalism platform Rappler. Inc.

Luhut called on youth to take a more active role in addressing income inequality and to work to support Indonesia’s economic growth.

Rappler. Inc. CEO Maria Ressa cited technological development as one of the keys to ensuring the success of the Global Goals, particularly efforts to eliminate poverty.

“The game changer is technology. With technology, why shouldn’t companies be able to grow exponentially? Why can’t the government solve problems at an exponential rate? Technology gives us new ways of solving each problem,” said Ressa, who was once a CNN correspondent in Indonesia.

Other speakers were CEO of Go-jek Nadiem Makarim, youth activist Arlanda Karzia, the co-founder of Qlue Smart City and the winners of Pulse Lab Jakarta’s Big Ideas Competition Derta Isyajora and Dzimar Akbarur Rokhim.

Isyajora and Dzimar have developed an online application to track damaged roads in Yogyakarta. They were one of four sets of winners from Indonesia, selected from 208 applicants from Malaysia, India, Indonesia and South Korea.

Source: The Jakarta Post