As an archipelagic country with an ocean covering more than two-thirds of the country’s area, building a sustainable ocean economy is vital for Indonesia. Indonesia is strategically positioned to lead and influence political and economic stability and ocean development in the region.
A sustainable and prosperous ocean-based economy could contribute to higher revenue activities that could channel back into conservation, encourage sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities, and preserve ocean biodiversity and coastal ecosystem.
In this edition, you will read how the UN team in Indonesia, together with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment and development partners, fast-tracked the alignment of the National Blue Agenda Actions Partnership. With this Partnership, we are aiming to boost Indonesia’s “blue agenda” and maximising Indonesia’s untapped maritime resources in a sustainable manner, for the greater good.
As you flip through the pages, you will find stories about how UN agencies in Indonesia work to bring the UN closer to the people it serves. For example, UNFPA joint forces with BKKBN in responding to issues related to the severe fallout of COVID-19 pandemic to older persons; WHO and UNICEF accelerating the country’s catchup immunization to address backslide in childhood vaccinations, among others.
In the profile section, you will read an inspiring story from Pak Dekha Dewandana – a co-founder of the village tourism group in Buleleng, Bali – on how his hospitality business survived the pandemic with the help of the UN’s intervention.