BKSAP Calls for Strengthening International Cooperation for Global Sustainability
House Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) Chair Fadli Zon presiding over a virtual meeting. Photo: Arief/Man
The world has shifted its global development focus since COVID-19 pandemic emerged, putting health and economy as the most affected sectors. The pandemic has forced community around the world to invest in a robust system of global sustainability, beyond health issues, to address current and future challenges.
One of the points underlined in the UN General Assembly virtual meeting on 22 September 2020 was how international cooperation is now imperative given the fact that no countries are free from the pandemic.
Five years ago, on 25 September 2015, the global community was officially committed to implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which contained 17 goals and 169 targets. The SDGs aim to promote social, economic, and environmental development based on universal, integrated, and inclusive principles and ensure that no one is left behind.
"Although the Covid-19 pandemic has presented a series of challenges in achieving SDGs, I see that this momentum can be a driving force to achieve the 2030 Development Agenda with SDGs as the main guidelines in all mitigation efforts undertaken," said Fadli Zon, Chair of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP), in his press statement on Monday (28/9/2020).
Zon said that with only 10 years left to achieve the 2030 agenda, parliament as one of the pillars of democracy and the main catalyst in achieving SDGs, plays an important role in adopting legislations, budget proposals, and overseeing government’s performance to prioritize sustainable development agenda.
The Great Indonesia Movement Party legislator stated that in exercising its parliamentary diplomacy function, the Indonesian House participated in various international fora such as the UN High Level Political Forum on SDGs, Parliamentary Hearing at the UN, and many others to promote international cooperation to achieve the 2030 agenda. Moreover, the House also became the initiator of an international forum on SDGs, the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development (WPFSD), an annual event that has been organized successfully twice in Bali. (dep/es)