Thursday, 10 October 2019

Tanoto Foundation joins forces with Ministry of Development Planning (BAPPENAS) and UNDP to launch SDG Academy Indonesia

Tanoto Foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Indonesian government through the Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Academy Indonesia, a learning platform for government and non-government stakeholders to fast-track SDG achievement in the country. The launch event took place at the Fairmont Hotel in Jakarta on October 7, 2019.

SDG Academy is an innovative and inclusive capacity-building programme which aims to boost the capability of Indonesian stakeholders in localising the SDGs. The Academy will have three main programmes: 1) SDGs Leadership Certification programme, 2) Study Abroad programme and 3) Mobile Learning programme.

“The Indonesian government is committed to achieving the SDGs, and has initiated SDG Academy Indonesia through the Ministry of National Development Planning along with multilateral organisations and the private sector. This is a programme to develop the quality of Indonesia human resources and improve the capacity of stakeholders throughout Indonesia – both governmental and non-governmental – in localising the SDGs,” said Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of BAPPENAS.

Anderson Tanoto, Member of the Tanoto Foundation Board of Trustees, said: “Development is our responsibility. In accordance with the SDGs principles of inclusiveness and ‘no one left behind,’ the Tanoto Foundation acts as a catalyst for partnerships, with the government, the private sector and other development partners collaborating to achieve the SDGs. The launch of SDG Academy Indonesia, which is the first initiative of its kind in Indonesia, is part of Tanoto Foundation’s commitment to implementing an ambitious, transformative and universal programme working towards poverty alleviation and sustainable development for all.”

Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Resident Representative, said that it is hoped that the Academy, with its emphasis on innovation, will help fast-track achievement of SDGs in the country.

“With only 11 years remaining to achieve the SDGs, acceleration and innovation are vital. Achieving the SDGs needs active participation from both state and non-state actors. However, access to knowledge for all development actors to localise the SDGs remains a challenge in a big and sprawling country like Indonesia. We believe the Academy will be able to expand access to knowledge and innovation for key stakeholders to meet the 2030 agenda,” said Bahuet.

Since 2016, UNDP has been working with the Government of Indonesia and the Tanoto Foundation to localise SDGs in Riau Province. Through this collaboration, Riau became the first province in Indonesia to launch a Regional Action Plan on SDGs in June 2018.

UNDP also partnered with the Pelalawan district government, Tanoto Foundation and Asian Agri on the Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative.  Under this programme, the Amanah Association became the first independent smallholder group in Indonesia to obtain the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification.

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