German Alumni Collaboration on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia

German Alumni Collaboration on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia is an event initiated by JARI Foundation (Jejaring Alumni & Returnee Indonesia) in collaboration with GEN (German-alumni Entrepreneur Network) and with the support of the German Government through the Migration and Diaspora Program of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). This event aims for German alumni with various skills in their respective fields to collaborate and brainstorm ideas and movements in the areas of finance, energy, research, technology, capacity building, and systemic issues to support Indonesia in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically point number 17: Collaboration for the Goals. We realize that this activity report is far from perfect and in light of this event, we will continue to accept suggestions and constructive criticism. We convey the preparation of this report, and we thank you very much for your attention.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be realized by strong commitment to global partnerships and cooperation. These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.

The new normal era is a momentum for German Alumni to innovate in helping the Government accelerate sustainable development goals. The current condition has become an impetus to conduct a collaborative team which is the key to accelerating the target of the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs until 2030. The SDGs are present as a new form of history in global development. Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the proposed theme and contains 17 Goals and 169 Goals that apply from 2016 to 2030.

Indonesia is dynamically transforming to continue national development to improve people’s welfare. To implement this, the Indonesian Government is collaborating with the United Nations on sustainable development or SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). It is supported by the Presidential Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia No. 59/2017 on the Implementation of SDGs in Indonesia, which mandates the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas – Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional) to provide a Road map for Indonesia’s SDGs.

The SDGs are global and national commitments to improve the welfare of the community, including 17 goals, namely (1) No Poverty; (2) Zero Hunger; (3) Good Health and well-being; (4) Quality Education; (5) Gender Equality; (6) Clean Water and Proper Sanitation; (7) Clean and Affordable Energy; (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth; (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; (10) Reducing Inequalities; (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities; (12) Responsible Consumption and Production; (13) Climate Action; (14) Life Below Water; (15) Life on Land; (16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; (17) Partnership for the Goals.

To support the acceleration of the SDGs, JARI has organized panel discussions and networking dinner entitled German Alumni Collaboration on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia. The purpose is to spark conversation between group of experts, industry or thought leaders on how to implement the main points in the SDGs, especially point number 17 on “Partnerships for the Goals” among German alumni. SDG17 “Partnerships for the Goals” aims to increase international cooperation and strengthen global partnerships at governmental level, including through public-private partnerships and the involvement of civil society.

Purpose of Event

This program aims to accommodate German alumni, who have various competencies in their respective fields to jointly generate ideas & movements in collaboration in finance, technology, capacity building, trade and systemic issues to accelerate sustainable development in Indonesia, which refers to SDGs point number 17.

Overall, the primary purpose of holding this event is to facilitate the creation of collaborations for German alumni coming from various expertise in their respective fields, especially in expertise knowledge sharing about renewable energy, research & technology, education and financial inclusivity which is considered as vital to the overall success of the SDGs. Therefore, SDG17 is the key to achieving each of the 16 SDGs and reaching the targets of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Event Output

Through this activity, German Alumni Collaboration on achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia aims to spark conversation between a group of experts, industry and thought leaders, so that the German Alumni can learn how they can play an important role from their discourse and interaction. In light of this event, it will also provide opportunities to collaborate in the near future. German alumni are considered to be of high quality in terms of practical know how and are considered a one of the backbones on forming Indonesia’s prosperity.