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Make-or-break time for Indonesia’s SDGs

  • Simone Galimberti

    Kathmandu

Kathmandu   /   Mon, July 6 2020   /  01:00 am
National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro (right) delivers a speech at a breakfast meeting entitled “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Investment Opportunities in Indonesia: Infrastructure and Social Sectors” in New York, United States, on Friday. The sustainable projects will cover infrastructure and human development.(Antara/-)

Meeting people’s aspirations while balancing the needs of the planet should not only be the overarching theme of the next Human Development Report, the flagship publication of the United Nations Development Program, to be released later this year. It should also be the main goal of a country like Indonesia, which is not out of the woods in the fight against COVID-19 and hasn’t yet felt the long-term economic consequences of the pandemic. As recently reported by this daily, the country is at risk of losing all the progress made in the last few years in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals. Agustaviano Sofjan, a senior official at the Foreign Ministry, said that the pandemic was a step back “in terms of achieving by 2030 the 17 economic, social and environmental goals stipulated in the SDGs”. With the global economy entering one of the deepest r...