Delivering welcome remarks, Ir. Wismana Adi Suryabrata, Deputy Minister of Development Funding Affairs thanked those gathered and spoke about how the development of the new UNPDF programme was fully negotiated with ministries and agencies, and included numerous consultations and dialogue with partners and donors. This participatory process allowed Indonesia to formulate an adequate joint response to the national development priorities with the view to contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and beyond.
Conveying a speech on behalf of the UNCT in Indonesia, UNICEF Representative, Gunilla Olsson pointed out the UNPDF’s compliance with the priorities and strategy Indonesia has mapped out for 2015-2019 in its RJPMN as well as the SDGs. She highlighted the importance of equity and inclusion behind SDGs stating that “this time around the goals will not be considered met unless met by all population groups”. Ms. Olsson spoke about ways the UNPDF will be implemented and monitored, through a joint ownership of SDGs among UN organizations and synergy with the different Ministries.
UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Douglas Broderick congratulated Indonesia on its significant progress over the last decade highlighting the challenges that remain. During his address, Mr Broderick presented a general overview of the UNPDF and its four outcomes, adding that Indonesia should fully commit to achieving SDGs as to turn those challenges into opportunities. He concluded, sharing 10 SDGs aspiration for Indonesia such as the use of big data, the creation of a SDGs platform and exploring creative and new financing modalities.
The event was then closed with H.E, Minister of National Development Planning, Sofyan A. Djalil who affirmed that achieving sustainable development requires strengthening the partnerships between all stakeholders and establishing efficient and effective social, economic and political measures which respond to the population’s needs.
The new UNPDF, aligned with national priorities and SDGs is intended to be a common strategic and flexible framework allowing the United Nations and Government of Indonesia to commit and address issues to areas where the UN is best positioned to provide support and complement national priorities. Indonesia is way ahead, and now is the right time for the United Nations and the Government to come together to effectively achieve their common agreed vision for the future and sustainable human development in Indonesia.