The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will hold a fundraiser to help victims of the Maluku earthquake during the commemoration of Disaster Risk Reduction Month (PRB) in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung’s provincial capital, on Sunday night.

"The quakes in Maluka have shown no signs of abating. Of course, the local people must be traumatized by the vibration of the natural disaster," BNPB Head Lt Gen. Doni Monardo stated in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung, on Sunday.

Monardo is optimistic that participants of the Disaster Risk Reduction Month would help assuage the financial burden of the Ambon quake victims.

"I hope that the participants of PRB, who will return to their hometowns this afternoon or this evening, will set aside a sum of money to help alleviate the financial burden of the Maluku quake victims," he remarked.

"Let us show that Indonesia has a high spirit of mutual help to assist our brothers, who fall victim to the natural disaster," he noted.

Ambon, the capital of Maluku Province, had borne the brunt of a 6.5-magnitude quake on Sept. 26. The epicenter of the quake was located 40 kilometers (km) northeast of Ambon, at a depth of 10 km below sea level.

At least 36 people were killed, while tens of others suffered injuries owing to the Sept-26 quake.

The quake also destroyed 6,184 houses in Maluku Tengah District. (ANTARA)


Finland is the first country to apply the concept of Circular Economy. The Finnish Ambassador to Indonesia Jari Sinkari in a special interview with Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Thursday (10/10) said the idea of ​​the Circular Economy is to increase economic growth while protecting the environment by recycling a product into new products or new energy. According to Jari Sinkari, the people, especially young people’s awareness to protect the environment is increasing.

“I've been one year here, I've seen during this one year, that there are more and more campaigning for nature and recycling. Already within one year physically I've seen the consciousness is growing, and I think that it starts with the young generations,” said the ambassador.

Furthermore, Jari Sinkari said that Indonesia has begun applying the concept of a circular economy by avoiding the use of plastic bags and recycling waste into economically valuable products. He cited the supermarkets in the city of Bogor which no longer provided plastic bags for free and the use of on-line public transportation as a way to protect the environment. (VOI / AHM / edit r)


Some 1,200 young innovators from 15 countries exhibited their work at the 2019 Indonesia Inventors Day, being held from October 9 to 12, in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah complex, Jakarta. The inventors were from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, The Philippines, and China, in addition to Korea, Japan, Egypt, India, and Sri Lanka. Inventors from Poland, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Canada and the United States, also exhibited their works in the fields of technology, science, agriculture, education, among others, as stated by President of the Indonesian Invention and Innovation Promotion Association (INNOPA), Erricha Insan Pratisi in Jakarta, Wednesday.

Participants, as young as elementary school-level students, exhibited 250 innovative works in two series of activities, including the 6th International Young Inventors Award (IYIA) and The 2nd World Invention Technology Expo (Wintex).

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The event provided a platform to local innovators to not only create but also expand their products and gain patents for them until they are ready to be commercialized, she continued.

"Our innovative works should not only be for show, but it should also be useful for the people," she said.

That way, the Indonesian paradigm as a consumptive country can shift into the country of creators, with an abundance of innovative products that can compete at the international level.

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There are differences in product highlights at every level, she further said. For elementary to high- school levels, the emphasis is on research, while for the university-level, the emphasis lay on the application of the work.

The event could present the creativity among the youth from several countries in solving problems in their communities, the lead judge for the IYIA and Wintex, Prof Suharno Harso Supangkat, said.

"This is an event to measure the extent to which our innovation stands against others, but also, together, we solve problems in cooperation. Hopefully, this innovation can be commercialized," Suharno said.

There are several criteria that are considered by the judges, including the value of commercialization, ideas and patents. (ANTARA)


The National Development Planning Ministry/the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with several ministries and private parties to help achieve 17 targets of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). "In essence, we involve non-government and government institutions to achieve (the targets of SDGs," National Development Planning Minister/Bappenas Head Bambang Brodjonegoro said while signing the MoUs with several ministries and private parties during the conclusion of SDGs Annual Conference 2019 in Jakarta, Wednesday.

One of the MoUs is between Bappenas and Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration. The MoU deals with ways to accelerate the achievement of SDGs through a pilot rural development project under the social impact financing scheme.

"The MoUs are signed with fellow ministries. Through the cooperation with the Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, we find ways to scale up the best practices, and then multiply and replicate them at a village level," he said.

To achieve the targets of SDGs, Bappenas also teams up with private parties including PT Unilever and PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur without altering the aims of their businesses, he said.

"We give freedom to the private parties to determine which goals are more important according to them. We show them programs we will achieve and allow them to choose programs in which they will be involved. So it depends on them to set the funding we need," he said.

The signing of MoUs with private parties should not be viewed through the amount of funds, he said. Through the MoU, the government wants to change the notion that they continue their businesses and make a profit as usual while fulfilling SDGs. (ANTARA)