The University of Sydney and UNICEF Indonesia have established a Knowledge Partnership to improve the health and well-being of Indonesian children and young people.
The partnership, which will this week see the university’s Professor Mu Li and Dr Anne Marie Thow head to Indonesia, aims to help Indonesia end poverty, protect the environment, and ensure more widely shared prosperity under its adoption of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
“Sustainable Development Goals are a bold blueprint for action by governments, the private sector and civil society partners to achieve 17 goals of a Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030, said Ms Danielle Somers, the Director of the University of Sydney’s Office for Global Health.
The partnership is committed to developing local research capacity, including through partnerships with local research institutes and universities.
“Initially we will be collaborating on adolescent nutrition, air pollution, water and sanitation, and emergency responses to epidemics such as the Zika virus.
“The partnership is also committed to developing local research capacity, including through partnerships with local research institutes and universities.”
The partnership will also connect researchers, practitioners, policymakers and others to establish baseline data about children's well-being that is aligned to sustainable development goals for Indonesian children.
“Half of Indonesia’s 255 million population is under the age of 30 and around 1 in 3 people is below the age of 18, so this is a sizeable group in which to focus our partnership,” said Ms Somers.
The partnership will also benefit University of Sydney students by providing relevant, focused in-country experiences with UNICEF staff, who have been a trusted development partner of the government of Indonesia for over 60 years.
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