Collaboration as Key to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals for Improving Prosperity and Reducing Inequality

Jakarta, 9 October 2019 – “Collaboration is key to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, said the Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla when opening the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Annual Conference 2019 in Jakarta. Highlighting the conference theme “Sustainable Ocean for Improving Prosperity and Reducing Inequality”, the Vice President also emphasised the importance of looking after our ocean to improve the welfare of the people. In his remarks, the Vice President stated, “Safeguarding the ocean and its ecosystem can support the eradication of global poverty. This can be done through multi-stakeholder collaborations – both at home and among nations.”

On a separate occasion, Robert Brink, the Counsellor Development Effectiveness and Sustainability from the Australian Embassy in Jakarta similarly stated “As an archipelago, Indonesia has enormous potential in the marine sector. The Government of Australia works with the Government of Indonesia to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by developing the marine sector in a sustainable manner. Through partnerships that we have built with various parties, we hope that the sea can be managed well. Thus, benefits can be distributed to all corners of the ocean - not only for those involved, but also for the people and marine ecosystems that live within”.

Following his remarks, the Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, accompanied by Minister of Bappenas, Bambang Brodjonegoro, visited the Australia-Indonesia Partnership booth. In accordance with the conference theme, the booth showcased the work of three Australian-Indonesia Partnership programs – PRISMA, MAMPU and KOMPAK – in developing Indonesia’s sustainable marine sector.