Jakarta (ANTARA) - National Development Planning Minister/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head Suharso Monoarfa has urged the members of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) to enhance solidarity through effective and inclusive multilateralism.

According to a statement received here on Wednesday, he said that multilateralism is required to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"Globally, only 12 percent of SDGs' 140 targets have proceeded according to plan. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic left a significant challenge on development issues, and 93 million people remained in extreme poverty by 2020," Monoarfa noted.

The minister conveyed the remarks at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development 2023 side event organized by Indonesia and Sweden, as GPEDC co-chairs, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the United States, on Tuesday.

He noted that through the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) platform, Indonesia secured access to various vaccine sources to help residents during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, through its G20 Presidency last year, Indonesia successfully identified 361 collaborative projects under the G20 in various sectors, including health, digital economy, and energy transition.

Indonesia has also declared its readiness to host the Global Summit on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in 2024, he added.

"Multilateralism with emphasis on effective cooperation is essential to overcome global challenges beyond national borders. It also provides practical mechanisms for countries to be involved by promoting dialogue, building trust, and developing partnerships," Monoarfa explained.

He said that as GPEDC co-chair, Indonesia wishes to emphasize multi-stakeholder partnership as a collective measure to mobilize resources and innovative solutions.

The approach is also in line with the UN Secretary-General's Our Common Agenda vision, which calls for inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism to get the world back on the development track.

The minister highlighted that one of the GPEDC's main contributions to the SDGs has been GPEDC global monitoring as a data source and proof of SDG implementation commitment, which pushes collective accountability and seeks to improve voluntary national reviews.

"Indonesia is fully committed to enhancing multi-stakeholder partnerships at the global level through our GPEDC co-chairmanship. This platform united various development actors through approaches led by principles to grow trust and policy actions in countries," Monoarfa added.

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