by Andhyta Firselly Utami
|Andhyta Firselly Utami and Kania Muksin |
represented G20 Youth Indonesia. Photo credit: UKP4
|Kuntoro Mangkusubroto. Head of Presidential Delivery Unit and Task Force on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Photo credit: UKP4|
Among others, Kania and I managed to bring up the issue of energy efficiency, sustainability, and accessibility. In the short and medium-term, today’s youth will be very affected by the availability of energy. I believe that it has to be one of the government’s top priorities. In our discussion, Kania—who works in the energy sector— suggested how youth could play a bigger role by being more aware about their energy consumption and push for more energy-efficient policies.
Another concern that we voiced was the case of youth refugees. Despite the progress on education and health talks, our brothers and sisters in the refugee camps (both from conflicts or natural disasters), are often still out of the picture. They might have the potential as future leaders—but lost hope because their homes and lives have been taken away from them. The post-2015 development agenda has to take extra attention to the vulnerable and marginalized groups including youth refugees.
|Candid picture of our presentation. Photo credit: UKP4|
At the end of the day it was a great experience participating in this consultation process on behalf of Indonesian young leaders. I agree with Kuntoro Mangkusubroto (Head of President's Delivery Unit), who said that the post-2015 development agenda could only be inclusive if everyone participates. You should, too. Start by downloading the document on youth recommendations here (in Bahasa Indonesia only). Have a great day!
Andhyta Firselly Utami is the Head of State for the Indonesian delegation to the 2013 Y20 Summit.