Press Release #1
20th October 2016

Quito –The Minister of Public Works and Housing BasukiHadimuljono, on Wednesday (19th/10), delivered Indonesia’s opinion at the UN General Assembly for Sustainable Housing and Settlementsor UN Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. He emphasised the importance of sustainable urbanisation as a key to attaining social equality and welfare, as well as toutilise the community capacity, especially the young generation. He also added that sustainable urbanisation is important for Indonesia in order toaccomplish the Long Term National Development Plan 2025, to address the poverty issues and to achieve the slum-free city.

It is relevant to the Indonesia’s population data, which currently reaching 255 million inhabitants, and 54% of them are living in the urban area. That number is estimated to increase to 305 million in 2035, consists of 67% population who willstay in the urban area.

Besides, according to Indonesia who has 17,000 disaster-prone islands, due to its location on the ring of fire, the climate change impact is very obvious and becomes the main challenge to achieving the sustainable urbanisation. The frequency of natural disasters in Indonesia has increased for many years resulting in the fatalities, loss of livelihoods, assets, and infrastructure. Therefore, it is necessary to develop the city resilience.

The additional objective of the Indonesia National Urban Development Policy and Strategy 2045 focuses on the National Urban System. The new objective integrates the urban and regional planning and development, promoting new growth centres in the Eastern Region of Indonesia, increasing land productivity and marine connectivity among the cities located outside the Java Island, as well as developing the coastal city development.

Furthermore, it is necessary to accelerate the accomplishment of the minimum standard for urban service, promoting the green community as well as developing safe, resilient, inclusive and smart cities. It is expected to foster the innovation, creativity and productivity of the community. In addition, these have to consider the geographical character and the cultural diversity in preserving the environment.

According to the Minister, the process towards Habitat III has provided the opportunities to understand the reality and diversity of the urbanisation in several countries, especially its correlation with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. "We have to highlight the relevance and interconnection among the implementation of New Urban Agendawith the highest international commitments inthe 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, SendaiFrameworkin the Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Paris Agreement,” he said.

Minister Basuki wished this conference can focus on implementing the New Urban Agenda in the long term as well as on transforming the vision into the action. One discussion topic is how the New Urban Agenda indicators connected to Sustainable Development Goals indicator, including the Goal 11 about sustainable urban and settlement.

Moreover, the New Urban Agenda has to focus on building collaboration, which allows the establishment of partnership among stakeholders. Furthermore, the agenda has to create public spaces to open the participation channel for the community.

"Indonesia itself has established the SDGs National Secretariat. We are in the process to ratify legal aspect to support the implementation of SDGs in the both national and local level. We are also establishing the participation platform for various stakeholders. Indonesia believes in the multi-stakeholders involvement to support the implementation of SDGs,” he explained.

Therefore, Minister Basuki also explained the importance of completing documents from UN Habitat III so it can be implemented. Indonesia is ready to implement the New Urban Agenda and is offering to share the best practices and lessons learned in housing and infrastructure development issues.

Indonesia has shown its contribution in the Global South Countries Union and other important international partnerships. For example, Indonesia has actively involved in addressing cross-border strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, such as water management issues, disaster risk reduction, urban mobility and connectivity, energy and environment preservation.

In addition, Minister Basuki expressed his pride that Indonesia has actively participated in the Habitat III Document Preparation Process through organising the Preparation Committee Meeting 3 in Surabaya which was attended by 142 countries. The event was a part of the huge process towards Habitat III in Quito. (*)  

Bureau of Public Communication
Ministry of Public Works and Housing