Sustainable Development in Indonesia, a Lecture by Prof. Dr. Emil Salim

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Prof Emil Salim gave a lecture to the teachers and educational personnel from Southeast Asia participating in the Training Course on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development on 20 July 2016 at Marbella Suites Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Prof Emil is one of the highlight speakers during the trainings; he shared his expertise by explaining the sustainable development in Indonesia. Prof Emil Salim can be seen as the pioneer initiating the institution for environmental management in Indonesia. He is well known as the former Minister of State for Population and the Environment for 3 periods (1978-1993). As for his international career, he was appointed as the Governing Council President of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 1984 to 1987. At the same period, he became the member of the World Commission on Environment and Development-UNEP. Meanwhile regionally, he was the Vice President Advisory Committee on Population of the Sea (ACOPS) for Southeast Asia. He has been a member of Advisory Group for the President Republic of Indonesia, on Environment and Sustainability Development since 2007. His knowledge and experience successfully attracted the participants’ interest in attending this session.

He said that sustainable development is not only about economic development but also social development, cultural society development, as well as the nature of environment. On 25 September 2015, many countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. To reach the goals, everyone—governments, the private sector, civil society, and you—needs to do their parts. If you want to get involved, you can start by telling everyone about them and making a list of actions that you can take in your everyday life to contribute to a sustainable future. Recognising that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection is then considered important.

After this session, it is expected that the participants can develop conceptions in environmental education by using a range of strategies by Prof Emil Salim and implement the conception to enhance students’ knowledge, build critical thinking skills with Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics-Social Science capacity, ‘design driven culture’ related with advanced technology development, and help students make responsible decision relating to environmental issues.