President Jokowi: SDGs Target Must Not be Lowered Despite Pandemic
Despite the pandemic, the target on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must not be lowered, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.
“This challenge should not dampen our enthusiasm and should not lower our SDGs target. We’ve to find new ways, we’ve to find new breakthroughs so that we can take a leap in achieving the SDGs target,” the President said at Indonesia’s SDGs Annual Conference 2020 broadcast through the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) YouTube channel, Thursday (17/12).
Innovation, President Jokowi said, must be developed to achieve the target. More effective and efficient ways, he added, must be introduced and maximum results must be fought for.
“I believe, we master the science and technology that we can adopt. Every researcher, every academic, every educational institution must have their respective advantages. Every practitioner, whether in government, civil society, or the private sector, must have different experiences. We’ve to synergize the wealth of knowledge,” the President said.
The President further emphasized that it takes seriousness to share and work together to achieve the set targets. In addition, it also requires a clear agenda and targets in each existing forum.
“The national orchestration must be clear. It must be strong so that this sharing of knowledge can be sustainable and can produce concrete recommendations. Every idea must be spelled out in a clear and structured policy action,” he said.
Indonesia, the President also said, must take advantage of the latest developments in science and technology and continue to innovate with the support provided by these developments.
“I always instruct all government officials to always ask for input from experts,” he said.
On the occasion, the President also instructed the Head of Bappenas to prepare a sustainable national orchestration so that the use of science and technology could be maximized in policy formulation and implementation of government programs, including speeding up the achievement of SDGs targets.
The SDGs target, the President added, is fully in line with the government’s policy priorities, namely realizing inclusive and sustainable development to provide equitable welfare for all Indonesian people.
“I look forward to your concrete recommendations to be used as a reference to speed up the achievement of the SDGs targets,” he said. (FID/UN) (FI/LW)