Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS)

Indonesian-Dutch Youth Dialogue for a Sustainable Future

On 7 June 2017, the CSDS of the University of Amsterdam successfully organized the first Indonesian-Dutch Youth Dialogue for a Sustainable Future: Exploring bilateral partnership on youth development and engagement towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), together with TYK Research and Action Consulting, Indonesia Nederland Youth Society (INYS), Indonesian Diaspora Network, the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague, and the NJR Jongerenvertegenwoordigers.

The theme of the Youth Dialogue is “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,” which is the theme of the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) that will convene in July 2017 to review the progress of the following SDGs:

  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere;
  • Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;
  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages;
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation;
  • Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development; and
  • Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

In his opening speech, the Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, expressed his confidence that the dialogue will accelerate a common basis to strengthen existing bilateral ties as well as seek new partnerships while moving towards a sustainable future. He also pinpointed the need to provide sufficient chance for the youth in developing themselves and becoming the agents of change to achieve the SDGs.


There were 71 participants that attended this event, coming from different backgrounds, including policy makers, students, academics, (social) entrepreneurs, community leaders, activists, and professionals. An array of interesting presentations were presented, including on the introduction of the SDGs, youth development and engagement towards the SDGs, learning and collaborating for sustainable development, and the best practices on youth initiatives. The presentations were followed by focus group discussions and panel feedback with active participant engagement.

This youth dialogue has served its objectives to create a platform for the sharing of knowledge and experience, to explore areas of partnership between the two countries for advancing the youth development agenda, and to explore ways to enhance dialogue between Indonesian and Dutch youth. In his closing remarks, the Indonesian Educational and Cultural Attaché for The Netherlands, Prof. Bambang Hari Wibisono, expressed his hopes that a bilateral platform on youth issues in connection to sustainable development could be formed.

Such a platform could be either informal or formal as long as it creates space for the exchange of knowledge, experience, and views among Dutch and Indonesian youth and other interested parties. Real action towards the SDGs could subsequently be built on such a platform. The outcomes are expected to meaningfully contribute to dialogues at the global level, such as the HLPF and to the Annual Youth Forum of ECOSOC, c.q. the annual forum of 2018.

The organizing committee, with the support of Indonesian Embassy for The Netherlands, and other partners will be following up on this event with more concrete actions.

To see the detailed results of the discussion and recommendations, see the full report of the event here.

Published by  AISSR

25 July 2017