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UNICEF Delegates Go to Brawijaya University to Discuss Campus' Complicity in SDGs Action Plans

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UNICEF delegates (second and third from right) visit Brawijaya University
UNICEF delegates (second and third from right) visit Brawijaya University
UNICEF representative for Indonesia, Arie Rukmantara (Chief Field Office) visited Brawijaya Univesity, Monday (06/Nov/2017). In his visit, Arie also accompanied by another UNICEF delegate, Charlotte, a lady with Swedish citizenship. Both were accepted by Brawijaya University Rector Prof. Dr. Ir. Mohammad Bisri, MS in his office. In addition to Brawijaya University Rector, They were also accepted by Rector of State University of Malang Prof. Dr. AH. Rofi'uddin, M.Pd who also in the similar office at that time.

In her explanation, Charlotte delivered that Indonesia is an active country to ratify SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in the United Nations (UN). SDGs is a global agenda with 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators which are measurable. SDGs was launched in October 2015 to replace MDGs (Millenium Development Goals) with a period of time up to 2030. The global agenda has been approved by various countries in the UN resolution forum. Indonesia as the country that adopt SDGs, according to Charlotte has been implementing it into its RPJMN (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Nasional/National Middle-term Development Plan) with the implementation period until 2019.

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) is UN organization in providing humanity aids and welfare development for children and mothers in developing countries. Delivered by Arie, points in SDGs' goals and targets also accommodate UNICEF's missions. The government of the Republic of Indonesia also have accommodated them in Perpres Nomor 59 Tahun 2015 tentang Kementerian Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Perlindungan Anak.

There are four pillars in SDGs including the government, private entities, Non-Government Organization and College. "Different with MDGs, SDGs is more data and analysis-based. And so impossible unless involving colleges," said Arie. He mentioned that Colleges have roles in sharpening analysis and making more strategic recommendations.

"We carry the burden of the government since the National Action Plan should be accomplished in December 2017 meanwhile the Regional Action Plan is in June 2018," said Arie further. "If the targets cannot be met, then we are going to advocate the government," he added. In line with Perpres Nomor 59 Tahun 2015, then the mandate is in the hand of Bappenas (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional/National Development Planning Agency) in national level and Bappeda (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Daerah/Regional Development Planning Agency) in regional level.

In her explanation, Charlotte considered that Indonesia is listed in the country whose implementation is fast in the field. Recently, at least there are around 84 million children (aged under 18 years old) in Indonesia. Alumni of Utrecht University in undergraduate program and London School of Business and Finance in Postgraduate Program mentioned, there are several issues in related with children, such as children marriage as well as impact of poverty towards children. "Poverty gives different impacts into children compared with adults, including in education and health for them. The issues are quite invisible," she said. Children issues, according to her also confronted by European countries, in terms of migrant children in particular, who have higher inequality problems. "Children issues need to be the mainstream," she said.

In East Java, UNICEF has an office in Regional Development Planning Agency in East Java. Different with offices in other regions that address issues on basic services, UNICEF East Java is a place for policy innovation such as pilot project or case study. Arie delivered that Malang City is UNICEF's close partner since long times ago. Since SDGs is more databased, then collaboration with colleges aims to reach 38 cities/districts in East Java. In addition, colleges also expected to have roles in data verification, arrangements for baseline in action plans as well as cross-sectoral link and match.

A meeting between UNICEF and the Regional Development Planning Agencies throughout East Java on Tuesday (07/Nov/2017) in Sengkaling Malang will ensure the colleges' complicity as SDGs' pillar. [Denok/Humas UB/trans. Denok]





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