13
October

Indonesia has mainstreamed 94 out of 169 targets of Sustainable Development Goals -SDGs in the first 5 years of 2015-2019. In the next 5 years of the plan, Indonesia will include all the targets. From 241 indicators, 165 of them have been well defined, and the date of them is available. This was stated by Indonesian Minister of National Development Planning, Bambang Brodjonegoro in his remark during a discussion with the theme ‘Implementing the SDGs in a Changing World : Localization, Inclusiveness, Investing for the Impact’ at Nusa Dua, Bali on Friday (12/10). He also said that Indonesia has decentralized most of its development efforts to local governments. Therefore, SDGs should also be localized to sub-national level both provincial or district or cities level. Minister Bambang added that the principle in SDGs implementation has been Indonesia’s biggest challenge. But Indonesia has addressed this biggest challenge by involving government, parliament, private sectors and civil societies. Therefore, he reinforced the need to strengthen partnerships to realize 2030 UN agenda.

“As we have agreed, we need to further carry out our effort to end poverty, hunger everywhere to combat inequalities, within or among countries to build peaceful, just  and inclusive societies to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and to ensure the protection of the planet and its natural resources,” Bambang Brodjonegoro said.

In his remarks, Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro also thanked the IMF and the World Bank Group for giving special attention to the implementation of SDGs, especially in its localization, inclusiveness and impact investment. He also urged the international community to continue their efforts for the welfare of the people without compromising the nature to achieve the SDGs. (VOI/DP/RHM)

11
October

Indonesian lawn bowls athlete, I Wayan Damai, won the B6 men's singles class bronze medal or polio wheelchair at the 2018 Asian Para Games. The medal was won after collecting eight points from five matches. In this class, the Korean athlete Chunkyu Im won Gold Medal with 13 points, then the silver medal was won by Malaysian athlete, Norfirzan, with nine points. Wayan's achievements in lawn bowls were really unexpected. Many opponents did not think that Wayan as a new name in the sport was able to play very well. In a special interview with Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Wednesday (October 10), the Korean athlete Chunkyu Im admitted he was frustrated when facing Wayan.

 

"Damai is an athlete who has just been involved in lawn bowl sports. So I didn't expect that he was a good player. But, when I competed with him, he really played well. His game frustated me. But with the experience that I have, I was finally able to deal with it, said Wayan.

Chunkyu Im itself must be satisfied to get the 12-12 series when facing Wayan in the 90th match or the seventh match on the fourth day of the 2018 Asian Para Games. Lawn Bowls is a sport that is not so popular in Indonesia. Lawn Bowls are challenging sports. The player tries to roll a flat ball, called a bowl, as close as possible to a smaller ball called a jack. This sport looks similar to bowling, but bowling uses Pin as its target. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)

11
October

Indonesia's success at the 2018 Asian Games spreads to the Indonesian contingent of 2018 Asian Para Games. In regard to the success, Chief de Mission of the Indonesian contingent at Asian Para Games, Arminsyah said proudly at Bung Karno Sports Complex in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon (10/10) that the target of 16 gold medals and the 8th rank that has been targeted by President Joko Widodo has already been achieved, and even, it is exceeding the target.

 

“We receive a report that Indonesian contingent has got 18 gold medals. The most gold medals are from chess; we get 6 gold and gold for branch lawn ball. So, there are 18 gold medals in total. We still have more than that, and even this is exceeding,” said Arminsyah.

Arminsyah hopes that Indonesian team will continously get additional gold medals. So, the success is not only in medals, but also in the country's ranks in the total tally of the 2018 Asian Para Games. In addition, he views that the success of Indonesian athletes depends not only on their skills and coaches but also their psychology team that maintains their mentality and enthusiasm to compete with other disabled athletes. (VOI/TONO/TRANS AF/AHM)

11
October

The World Bank expressed its readiness to cooperate with Indonesia in handling the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Palu, Central Sulawesi. This was affirmed by CEO of the World Bank Group, Kristalina Georgieva after meeting Vice President Jusuf Kalla during the aanual meeting of International Monetary Fund and World Bank-Group –IMF- WBG in Nusa Dua, Bali, Wednesday (10/10). To reporters, Kristalina expressed the readiness of the World Bank to issue relief funds for victims of the Palu disaster. However, she did not elaborate how much money would be disbursed by the World Bank to assist Indonesia in handling this problem.

 

“This is something that we would discuss on the basis of need assessment. We just finalized rapid need assessment. What is the economic damage of the earthquake and the tsunami? And on that basis we will work with the government to define what should be the plan for reconstruction and then on that basis the government would tell us what may be necessary from us. We are prepared to support Indonesia as much as the needs. So it is a call for the Indonesian authorities to make but we are prepared to provide substantial financing should that be necessary,” said Kristalina Georgieva.

CEO Kristalina Georgieva further expressed her condolences over the disaster that occurred in Palu, Central Sulawesi. She encouraged the Indonesian government to increase investment in a bid to prevent the fall of many victims by building earthquake resistant houses. She also said that the World Bank is ready to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Palu to build stronger buildings. This is needed especially by the people living in earthquake-prone areas. (VOI/Ndy/Trans AF/AHM)