Indonesia's youth population is around 60 million at present and is the largest number in Indonesia's demographic history. As part of the community, youth have a role in development. In general, actors of the development are the government, private entities, communities, and international organizations. However, only 5.86% of youth are active in organizations outside the workplace/school. Among the youths who are active in the organization, the most traversed areas of activity are in the fields of religion (38.09%), social (23.72%), and sports (16.64%).


The key element in the definition of sustainable development is the cohesion between environment and development. Although there are many definitions with various assumptions and continued consequences, at least a variety of definitions emphasize three interrelated pillars, namely the importance of environmental conservation, economic growth, and the socio-political life that allows it. In the conception of the Brundtland Commission, the implementation of sustainable development is based on the achievement of the sustainability of the natural environment as a physical development, institutional or economic governance that supports sustainability, as well as the improvement of social conditions that enable the economic institutions that control the development are well guarded.

 

SDSN Youth was formed in 2015 to empower youth initiatives to create practical solutions for sustainable development. Indonesia is one of the countries that are members of the SDSN network and SDSN Youth to play an active role in creating solutions to achieve SDGs in 2030. In Indonesia alone there are 55 registered members of the organization. To be able to mobilize young people in the organization, a strategy is needed to increase their capacity regarding understanding in sustainable development.

 

Indonesia's medium-term national development priorities have been documented in the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN). Although the 2015-2019 RPJMN was prepared in 2014, many of the SDGs targets are already covered by national development priorities. Of the 169 targets in the SDGs, around 57 percent (96 SDGs targets) are in line with national development priorities.

 

To bridge the number of SDSN Youth organizations in Indonesia with the importance of achieving targets and indicators of the SDGs, SDSN Youth Indonesia initiated a workshop to sharpen the organization's strategy in its contribution to achieving SDGs. The workshop was divided into two sessions, the Impact Model Canvas Workshop and the Communication for Sustainable Development Workshop. Nearly half of the total members attended the workshop.

 

Workshops were presented in an interactive form and were divided into small groups. The distribution of small groups is based on three main pillars of sustainable development, namely Economic, Social and Environmental. Each group contains representatives of organizational members who have identified themselves with specific objectives on the SDGs.

 

The process of implementing the workshop was quite challenging. We learned that not all members understand in detail about sustainable development. Their insights on this need to be sharpened and linked to how their organizations can contribute to the achievement of SDGs. However, their enthusiasm for this learning process deserves a thumbs up. This means they want to be better.

 

There are at least three things that become lessons learned in the implementation of this workshop. First, it is important for all of us to study the SDGs thoroughly. Not only identify goals 1 to 17, but also identify up to the target and indicator of each goal. The more specific we identify ourselves, the easier it is for us to make strategies to contribute to the achievement of SDGs. Second, in 2014, UNFPA campaign on "Investing in Young People" must be carried out continuously. Young people as future leaders must be given mentoring programs for their development so that they become even better. Third, it is important for all of us to support one another. Both in program collaboration and also process to learn together.

 

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”, Gandhi

 

 
 
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Rahyang Nusantara has almost 6 years of experience in environmental campaigns. He obtained a Bachelor of Agriculture from Padjadjaran University (2012) and graduated from Paramadina Graduate School with speciality in Communication. He is currently working as the National Coordinator of the Indonesia Diet Plastic Bag Movement, a national scale non-profit association that encourage the use of shopping bags wisely for a better environment. He is also a member in the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and a Network Coordinator for UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth Indonesia. His passion for writing encouraging Rahyang and his fellow volunteers to make a motion #1minggu1cerita in 2014 (and growing to this day) to encourage sharing through writing.