Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Development Planning Ministry/The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), as coordinator for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) program, held an annual conference 2019 on SDGs here, Tuesday.

The conference is themed "Sustainable Ocean for Improving Prosperity and Reducing Inequality."

Indonesia's Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla, in his opening remarks, laid special emphasis on the importance of oceans, since waters, on which millions of Indonesians depend on for their food and livelihood, constitute 80 percent of Indonesia's territories.

"Why the oceans are crucial? This is because nearly 80 percent of our country's territories constitute oceans having various functions. Hence, we must protect them," Kalla remarked while addressing participants at the workshop.

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Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas Bambang Brodjonegoro, in his opening remarks, highlighted Indonesia’s serious efforts to materialize its commitment to implementing the SDGs, as part of its national and global development goals, including concerning the oceans.

The annual conference was aimed at providing inputs to policy drafters for implementation of better development programs, including for achieving the 2030 SDGs, the minister expounded.

Coinciding with the conference, Bappenas also organized the 2019 SDGs Festival at the Fountain Area of Senayan Plaza in Jakarta, on October 5-6, and a public campaign on "Sustainable Life for Our Ocean" for the millennial generation.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, offers a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

At its core are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries -- developed and developing -- in a global partnership.

The 17 goals concern poverty, hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, descent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace, justice and strong institutions, and partnership for the goals. Related news: Indonesia-EU agrees to fulfill 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
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Translator: Astrid F Habibah, Fardah
Editor: Sri Haryati
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