The online discussion forum entitled "Strategy and Policy Adjustment to Accelerate the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals at the Local Level during the COVID-19 Pandemic" was implemented by an EU-funded project LOCALISE SDGs.
The covid-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on development sectors around the world, and Indonesia is no exception. It has affected the agenda for achieving 17 SDGs at the national and local level. The Indonesian government is taking anticipatory steps to deal with the impact on a number of SDGs targets.
"The impact on the Social Development Pillar, SDG 1 No Poverty, for example, has been huge. The income of the vulnerable and poor groups has decreased and the middle class are at risk of descending into poverty," explained by Dr Arifin Rudiyanto, Chairman of the National SDGs Implementation Team, Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, in a media release on Thursday.
In addition to the threat of an increased poverty rate, the Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy has affected several aspects, such as disruption in the logistics of the food supply and distribution, barriers to accessing health services, and the dramatic shift to online learning is increasing inequality in access to education as not every student has access to reliable internet. Moreover, women and children are vulnerable to domestic violence.
In his opening remarks, the EU Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Vincent Piket reaffirmed EU commitment to support the Indonesian Government in the implementation of 2030 Agenda that aims at delivering poverty eradication and sustainable development for all.
"In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to work even harder to achieve the SDGs. We have to make our economies, our societies, our citizens stronger and better prepared for future crises. Realising the SDGs does precisely that. Local governments have a major role to play, in Indonesia as much as in Europe. At the local level we can produce the best and most direct benefits for the citizens," he added.
Anies Baswedan, Governor of DKI Jakarta and Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Provincial Governments (APPSI), shared the best practices of DKI Jakarta in implementing the SDGs amidst the covid-19 pandemic.
"Multi-stakeholder collaboration is a significant force in the effort of achieving all 17 SDGs, which is evident in the work that we do," he said.