Youth: Key To A Sustainable 2030

The active involvement of youth will determine the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to create a better world in 2030.
“Youth is the key to achieving sustainable development goals. The demographic bonus phenomenon which only occurs once should be a momentum to maximize the nation’s productivity and progress, ”said Febriany Eddy, IBCSD Vice President in her speech at the IBCSD webseries 2 for SDGs & Youth: Your Goals, Your Decade.
One of IBCSD member companies, APRIL Group, a private company that prioritizes the SDGs concept in its business activities, has a program to develop and accelerate young leaders in the field of sustainability called ASPIRE (APRIL Sustainability Professional Readiness Program). “Through ASPIRE, APRIL Group will participate in fostering young corporate leaders in the field of sustainability who are expected to become policy makers for sustainable development in Indonesia,” said Natasha Gabriella, Sustainability Senior Analyst APRIL Group. 
In line with the company’s philosophy of empowering the surrounding community, APRIL Group also has a program to increase access to education for young people in 48 villages around the operational area in a community development (CD) program. This program is expected to produce young leaders for the development of a more advanced society.
“We see the importance of support from all parties, including across generations, from young to old, to support a sustainable development strategy,” he said.
Inl line with Natasha, Andhyta Firselly Utami, Environmental Economist & Co Founder of the Think Policy Society, also stated that it is crucial to involve youth in the sustainable agenda. 64 million youth can participate at the micro, meso and macro levels to elevate the economic donuts, a new paradigm of social foundations and environmental boundaries.
In the webinar, Tanah Sullivan, Head of Sustainability of PT Gojek Indonesia, was also present to tell about their GoGreener initiative. Gojek has implemented GoGreener since 2018 with the hope of inviting the younger generation in its ecosystem to participate in encouraging the achievement of SDG, especially in the environmental sector. In fact, Gojek continues to innovate until now creating a mobile carbon offset platform for its users.
Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD) as a business association led by CEOs of companies committed to supporting sustainable development in Indonesia. The SDG Webinar Series activity by IBCSD is specifically intended to raise awareness of youth and all parties about the importance of the role of youth in the sustainable development agenda.
Several names who participated in this webinar are: Jessica Setiawan Manager, Risk Advisory – Sustainability, Deloitte Indonesia; Tanah Sullivan, Head of Sustainability Gojek; Natasha Gabriela, Sustainability Senior Analyst at APRIL Group; Andhyta Firselly Utami, Environmental Economist & Co Founder of Think Policy Society; as well as Risky Murdiono, Youth Engagement UNFPA as responders, and as moderator were Yosea Kurnianto, Deputy Director of SDG Academy Indonesia.

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