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Local Academic & Non-Government Institutions as Sustainable

Development Center of Excellence


Jatna Supriatna 1,2,3; Saskia Tjokro1, 2, Diny Hartiningtias 1,3, Shobi Lawalata 1,2 , Cokorda Istri Dewi 1,2 , and Frans
A. Sugiarta1,2

Abstract
Indonesian government is committed to be the forefront pioneer and role model to achieve the objectives of the
SDGs. The government of Indonesia is preparing a Presidential Decree on SDGs, to ensure the SDGs
implementation within the country through its National Development Plan. In May 2016, at SDSN and UID
Conference, Jeffrey Sachs, Chair of UNSDSN Global, recommended for Indonesia to focus on the sustainable
development at the local level, until village level. This idea, however, has been anticipated by Indonesian
government to integrate each goal of SDGs into their National Action Plan. They also plan to decentralized the
SDGs realization through SDGs Regional Action Plan to ensure the implementation across the country. Alongside
this on-going process, government of Indonesia has distributed its authority to regional and local governmentsto
village level, to let each region develop autonomously based on their context. This plan would not be possible
without help of local stakeholders, include local government, private sector and civil society. Therefore, SDSN
Indonesia is planning to raise local academic and non-government institutions in each region of Indonesia as SDGs
Centers of Excellence. SDSN Indonesia, co-hosted by United in Diversity Foundation (UID) and Research Center for
Climate Change University of Indonesia (RCCC-UI) is currently developing an online platform for 3-sectors:
academics, government and business. Aside from this, is also trying to tap into youth as Indonesias demographic
bonus. The effort aims to create a hub and an active network platform for SDSN members to connect ideas and
resources to tackle local SDGs related issues; to add local wisdom and amplify local academics leadership in
creating and shaping innovative solutions to sustainable development. In the long run, the program will enable
local academics and non-governmental institutions as partner to government in developing SDGs Regional
Development Action Plan and SDGs Regional Index as needed by Indonesian government. The dialogue and 3sectors taskforce will be made to eliminate the challenges. These activities aim to create success story where SDSN
Indonesia act as collaborator for local academic institutions to enable them as Center of Excellence to tackle local
sustainable development related challenges.

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SDSN Indonesia
United in Diversity Foundation
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Research Center for Climate Change University of Indonesia
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