Jakarta (ANTARA) - Sustainable development special staff at the Nusantara Capital City (IKN) Authority, Diany Sadiawati, has underlined the importance of involving locals in making the new capital's development a success.

"The involvement of locals is very important for the success of Nusantara," she stressed in a statement issued on Wednesday.

People's involvement can be ensured through education and initiatives that promote sustainable practices, conservation efforts, environmental management, and ecotourism that can help create a sustainable economy for the locals, she explained.

Nusantara has also adopted the multi-stakeholder partnership approach, which involves government institutions, the local community, business enterprises, civil societies, and academicians.

This has been done to ensure the smoothness of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation, she explained.

"Collaboration and partnership is an important modality to ensure a comprehensive and thorough implementation approach," she said.

The IKN Authority (OIKN) is also cooperating with international organizations to develop the basis for a biodiversity and conservation strategy that can serve as a guideline in Nusantara IKN's development.​​​​​​​

OIKN's participation in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2023 is an effort to connect with the global movement to harmonize urban development with SDGs.

The forum is being held from July 10–20 at the UN Headquarters, in New York, the United States. The world-level meeting is being attended by delegations from 196 countries.

A seminar entitled "Driving Changes at the Local Level: Innovative Approaches to Localize the SDGs" was held as part of the forum by the Indonesia delegation on July 17, with organizing support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

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Editor: Sri Haryati
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