Indonesia agrees development plan with UN

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman is representing his nation at the Commonwealth summit in Malta. Source: Wikimedia

Jakarta, through its National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and the United Nations, is due to commence the Indonesia–UN Partnership for Development Framework (UNPDF) for 2016-20.

Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil and UN coordinator Douglas Broderick are due to sign the agreement at its launch event at the Bappenas headquarters in Jakarta.

The UNPDF 2016-20 will provide a basis for development cooperation between Indonesia and the UN.

The framework is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Indonesia’s National Medium Term Development Plan for 2016 to 2019.

“The UNPDF 2016–20 focuses on four key priority outcomes, namely poverty reduction, social services and social protection, environmental sustainability and enhanced resilience to shocks, and improved governance and equitable access to justice for all,” the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said.

Five areas that have been given special attention are related to human rights, gender equality, HIV/Aids, young people and statistics and data management.

“This partnership aims to mobilise national and global resources and expertise from government, the UN, development partners, civil society and the private sector to promote sustainable development in Indonesia,” the UNDP said.

“With their experiences and comparative advantages, the UN will support the government in three main areas: policy advice and advocacy, capacity building and knowledge sharing.”

Equally, Malaysia was committed to achieving its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which would provide a guide for the country’s development over the next 15 years, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

In a statement when participating at the first session of the Pre-Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, he said the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020), reflected the multi-faceted nature of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in many respects.

The Commonwealth is still largely made up of former British colonies although other countries have joined in the last few decades.

According to Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry, Anifah also called on all Commonwealth members to commit to work together in ensuring the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The minister, who is leading Malaysia’s delegation in Malta, also urged the Commonwealth to have a unified vision to ensure inclusive development for all segments of society but also throughout the Commonwealth.

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