lokakarya keterlibatan pemuda untuk SDGs

JAKARTA – Kedeputian Bidang Pembangunan Manusia, Masyarakat dan Kebudayaan Kementerian PPN/Bappenas menyelenggarakan acara “Lokakarya Keterlibatan Pemuda dalam Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (TPB) yang diselenggarakan di Ruang Rapat Utama lantai 2.5 Bappenas, pada Selasa (12/9). Direktur Keluarga, Perempuan, Anak, Pemuda dan Olahraga Bappenas, Woro Srihastuti berharap dengan adanya forum ini akan bisa menghasilkan masukan pemikiran yang berguna untuk menyusun mekanisme dan peta jalan pelaksanaan dan pengawasan SDGs/TPB bersama dengan pemerintah.

Indonesia adalah salah satu dari 43 negara yang terdepan dalam pelaksanaan TPB/SDGs di bulan Juni lalu. Hal ini disampaikan oleh Deputi Bidang Pembangunan Manusia, Masyarakat, dan Kebudayaan Bappenas Subandi saat memberikan sambutan sekaligus membuka acara tersebut. Deputi Subandi mengatakan pemerintah berkomitmen untuk mengajak pemuda berpartisipasi dalam pelaksanaan TPB/SDGs. Komitmen yang kuat dari Indonesia untuk menerjemahkan TPB/SDGs ke dalam kebijakan nasional dan upaya konkret telah diakui secara luas oleh masyarakat global.

“Tahap awal dari implementasi tujuan global tersebut adalah menyusun Roadmap SDGs dan Rencana Aksi TPB/SDGs di tingkat nasional maupun daerah. Penyusunan dokumen ini juga akan dilaksanakan dengan melibatkan berbagai pihak. Untuk itu, konsultasi dengan pemangku kepentingan akan dilakukan secara meluas, baik dengan pemerintah, lembaga non-pemerintah, akademisi, swasata/filantropi, dan pada hari ini kita melakukan hal yang sama dengan pemuda,” tutur Subandi. Beliau menambahkan pemuda menjaid penting untuk dilibatkan karena mereka berperan sebagai ujung tombak yang membawa bangsa dan negara pada kemerdekaan, persatuan dan kesatuan.

Acara dihadiri oleh Deputy Representative UNICEF Lauren Rumble, perwakilan Kementerian Pemuda dan Olahraga, perwakilan Youth Force Indonesia, perwakilan Indonesia Berbicara, perwakilan UNICEF, perwakilan Aliansi Remaja Independen, perwakilan Koalisi Orang muda untuk TPB, perwakilan beberapa organisasi pemuda lainnya di Indonesia.

Foto Kementerian PPN/Bappenas.

Foto Kementerian PPN/Bappenas.

Foto Kementerian PPN/Bappenas.


Youth Seek Seat at the Table on SDGs

Posted by UNICEF Indonesia

By: Niken Larasati, Child Protection Officer

His message, delivered during a youth forum on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was clear – in conversations about disability rights, people with disability need to be heard.


His statement was a reminder, said UNICEF East Asia Pacific Regional Director Karin Hulshof, who was present at the forum during her visit to the country, of UNICEF’s mission to protect the most vulnerable children– not only the materially disadvantaged, but those marginalized on account of their gender, age, sexual orientation, HIV status, ethnicity, and ability.

Although a philosophy of inclusive development underlies the vision of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)end poverty and improve wellbeing, among other objectives — many groups are left out of the conversation for how best to implement them.

Among the most overlooked voices are those belonging to youth.

In the forum, entitled “Young People’s Consultation on the SDGs”, the Youth Network on Violence against Children (YNVAC) forged a partnership with 2030 Youth Force (YF), a youth group encourages young Jakartans to contribute to the SDG agenda.

“In this forum we want to hear from young people on how they might assist implementation of the SDGs,” said Ravio Patra, a meeting facilitator. The 25 youth participants, representing youth organizations on education, health, economic, social and environmental issues, were selected from over 250 applicants.

Regional Director Hulshof said persistence and a collaborative spirit were key.Three objectives were laid out in the meeting: one, to identify the most pressing issues for youth; two, to identify the most effective and efficient advocacy methods for addressing those challenges; and three, to identify concrete tools for empowering young people to tackle them.

“[Protecting] the environment for example, is a pressing issue that needs to be tackled by all members of society, both civilians and government officials. We need to care for our environment, which is in line with the fulfilment of several SDGs targets,” she stated.

Ibu Woro Srihastuti Sulistyaningrum (Lisa), Director of Family, Women, Children, Youth and Sports at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), was also present at the meeting. Ibu Lisa expressed the Government’s support for the 25 young people and their organizations, pledging to be an ally. “Now is the era of young people taking action,” she said. “When like-minded people get together, great things happen.”

By the end of the day, the group of young people had distilled their aspirations down to three action points: First, they expressed the desire for Government to help youth groups conduct ‘reality checks’ and policy reviews regarding the SDGs. A ‘reality check’ invites young people to provide qualitative support in the field for data-backed findings. These are are then used to help the Government produce policy on SDG implementation.

Second, the forum asked that the Government and UN agencies ramp up advocacy and allow them to assist in the formulation of SDG reports. Third, the forum expressed the hope that all relevant parties, including Government, UN agencies and NGOs, would provide capacity-building for network members to ensure that the forum led to real action.

The recommendations were handed over to UNICEF, represented by Ms. Hulshof, and the Indonesian Government, represented by Ibu Lisa, who said the government was excited to lend its support.

Ending the meeting, UNICEF Indonesia Representative Gunilla Olsson promised, “We will always open our door to determined agents of change by supporting the inclusion of young people in the implementation of the SDGs in Indonesia.” Two more forums on youth-driven SDG implementation, she said, would be held in the near future.

Inspired, the 25 young people have already begun planning ways to play a bigger role in the SDG push.

“UNICEF can’t do this ourselves. We need your help to reach the most marginalised and out-of-reach children across Indonesia,” said Ali Aulia, Child Protection specialist. “We have to ensure our work benefits and protects children everywhere and youth play an instrumental role in that mission.”

Source : http://unicefindonesia.blogspot.co.id/2017/05/youth-seek-seat-at-table-on-sdgs.html

A Deep Bench

2016 was not a great year for freedom worldwide.

As the 2017 Freedom in the World report noted, last year marked the eleventh consecutive year of decline in global freedom. Across the world we’ve seen setbacks of civil, political, media and online freedoms. For those of us fighting to advance democracy and good governance, sometimes it feels like we’re due a Glengarry Glen Ross “coffee is for closers” type of speech. And with everything going on in the world, it’s easy to be disheartened or worried about the future.

That is, unless you’ve really had the opportunity to observe the next generation of leaders.

In 2017, through funding from the National Endowment of Democracy, IRI expanded its flagship youth program, Generation Democracy, from our programs in Europe and Africa, to Asia. Generation Democracy chose to expand to Asia as more than 60 percent of the world’s youth live in the region which translates to approximately 750 million young women and men (aka 10% of the planet!) This is an essential constituency for the future stability and democratic growth in the region.

Generation Democracy brought together the top 36 young leaders from 13 different countries, including Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam, to Bangkok for a weekend of leadership development.

Over the long weekend, these young leaders were able to speak with ambassadors, political consultants and development experts on the most challenging issues facing the region. They joined sessions on public speaking, fundraising, strategic goal setting, digital communications, and the role of youth in a global political economy.

The delegation we assembled included:

  • A young woman working to eradicate poverty through youth empowerment;
  • An editor for Bangladesh’s first foreign policy magazine;
  • The founder of a youth support center for rural communities in the Philippines, who happens to hold a joint MD-MBA,
  • Sustainable development consultants from Bangladesh, Burma, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia,
  • An elected member of parliament and former UN Peacekeeper,
  • A Program Officer for the Technical Secretariat Center of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee in Burma,
  • A UN communications officer,
  • The founder of an online media company,
  • An ASEAN Youth Ambassador,
  • The founder of an environment-protection startup, that has raised 1.5 million dollars in seed funding,
  • The deputy director of a social justice accelerator focused on workplace rights,
  • A regional English debate champion,
  • The founder of a vocational school specifically for women in post-conflict areas,
  • A project coordinator for 2030 Youth Force,
  • An anti-corruption activist,
  • An elected state assemblyman and rising political star,
  • The senior political officer for media and public affairs for a regional political party,
  • The founder of the Mongolian National Marketing Association,
  • The President of the Rural Women’s Network of Nepal,
  • A preschool teacher, public speaker, doctor, nutritionist consultant and published author (yes, this is one person),
  • A social media pioneer, journalist and online warrior fighting fake news,
  • A disaster risk prevention activist working with the UN and EU,
  • The founder of an environmental protection business accelerator,
  • A city councilman,
  • A youth delegate to the UN General Assembly,
  • Three founders of separate human rights campaigns,
  • An analyst for the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense,
  • Four activists working to prevent gender based violence, and
  • The founder of a national alliance for tobacco control.

In total, the group collectively holds:

  • 10 Master’s Degrees,
  • 3 Medical Degrees, and
  • Has founded 17 nonprofit organizations

Oh, and their ages range from 20 to 36 years old.

Are the challenges we face difficult and more complex than ever before? Yes. Will it take unprecedented levels of dedication, innovation, and manpower to overcome future challenges? Yes. Is the next generation up to the challenge? Yes.

And if Generation Democracy has anything to say about it, they’ll be more interconnected and prepared than any previous generation. Am I worried about the future? No.