Indonesia - Netherlands Youth Dialogue for Sustainable Future

On 7 June 2017, the Indonesian-Dutch Youth Dialogue for a Sustainable Future: Exploring bilateral partnership on youth development and engagement towards the Sustainable Development Goals was held, hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague and collaboratively conducted by TYK research & action consulting, Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS), University of Amsterdam, Indonesia Nederland Youth Society (INYS), Indonesian Diaspora Network Nederland, and the Dutch Youth Council (NJR).

Its theme is Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world, which is the theme of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that convenes in July 2017 to review progress of the 17 SDGs. The Youth Dialog focused on the following SDGs:

  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere;
  • Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
  • Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, and
  • Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

The objectives of the event is to create a platform for the sharing of knowledge and experience, explore areas of partnership between the two countries for advancing the youth development agenda, and seek ways to enhance dialogue between Indonesian and Dutch youth.

In his opening speech, the Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja expressed his confidence that the dialogue will accelerate a common basis to strengthen existing bilateral ties and seek new partnerships while moving towards a sustainable future. He also pinpointed the need to create sufficient chance for the youth in developing themselves and becoming the agents of change to achieve SDGs. 

Seventy one participants attended the event, including policy makers, students, academics, (social) entrepreneurs, community leaders, activists, and professionals. Presentations included:  youth development and engagement towards the SDGs, learning and collaborating for sustainable development, and best practices on youth initiatives in the Netherlands and Indonesia. Group discussions and panel feedback followed on the presentations with active engagement of participants.

In his closing remarks, the Indonesian Education and Cultural Attaché for The Netherlands, Dr. Bambang Hari Wibisono expressed his hopes that a bilateral platform on youth issues in connection to sustainable development could be formed. Such platform could be either informal or formal as long as it creates space for the exchange of knowledge, experience, and views among Dutch and Indonesian youth and other interested parties. Real action towards the SDGs could subsequently be built on such a platform. The report of the event, including recommendations can be seen Here


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