Reporter: Muhammad Farid Wajdi
JAKARTA – The high effort to realize 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has made the Ministry of National Development Planning (PPN) / National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) together with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have to collaborate with academics in the National Research Center, in Jakarta, Monday (21/1/2019).
The research center was founded by 100 academics from 50 leading universities and the Center for Research and Community Service (LPPM) in Indonesia. Minister of PPN / Head of Bappenas, Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro said higher education institutions in Indonesia must support active collaboration in sustainable development issues.
“We see this platform will play an important role in integrating SDGs into curricula and research as well as spreading exposure to public policies related to SDGs. Ultimately, academics must be actively involved and contribute to the SDGs Research in Indonesia. This condition will spark a passion for public discussion in looking for solutions for SDGs, “he explained, Monday (21/1/2019).
The UNDP Indonesia Chief of Representative, Christophe Bahuet, explained that academics in Indonesia could contribute and play an important role in informing decision makers through evidence-based analysis of SDGs issues. UNDP believes that the university has two important roles related to the achievement of the SDGs. “At present, there are seven local SDGs centers in universities in Indonesia, including Padjajaran University in Bandung and Bengkulu University. Each SDGs has a different model and focus,” he said.
Why does it have to be the Education sector? “First, the education sector can help future leaders of the country get to know more about Sustainable Development. Second, the involvement of universities to conduct academic research that can encourage innovation to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The platform that we launched today will help the university plays these two roles, “he said. (*)