Civil Society Organizations Highlight Local Wisdom as National Strength to Build Inclusive, Sustainable Resilience

Civil Society Organizations Call for Building Sustainable Resilience From and For the Communities

The Coalition of Civil Society for GPDRR held a press conference on the call for building sustainable resilience from and for the communities was held on May 27, 2022 at 09:00 WITA - end in the Press Conference Room, Tanjung Benoa Hall 1st floor, BNDCC 2, Bali, Indonesia.

Representing the Coalition, the speakers are:
1) Avianto Amri, Chairperson, Indonesian Society for Disaster Management (MPBI/Masyarakat Penanggulangan Bencana Indonesia)
2) M. Ali Yusuf, Chairperson, Humanitarian Forum Indonesia
3) Nanda Khoirunisa, Children and Youth Delegate, U-INSPIRE Indonesia
4) Arshinta, Director of Community Health Service and Humanitarian (PKMK/Pelayanan Kesehatan Masyarakat dan Kemanusiaan) of Christian Foundation for Public Health (YAKKUM/Yayasan Kristen untuk Kesehatan Umum)

Below is the press release:

Civil Society Organizations Highlight Local Wisdom as National Strength to Build Inclusive, Sustainable Resilience

NUSA DUA, May 27, 2022 – As a country prone to experiencing disasters, Indonesia has an abundance of local wisdoms that strengthens generations of civil society, and are valuable to build inclusive, sustainable resilience. This is the message from the Coalition of Civil Society for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022 in a press conference at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), today on Friday (5/27).

“Resilience is a part of our identity as Indonesians, and it is proven through experiences of various disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we are very sure that local wisdoms are a modality that needs to be continuously developed, including in responding to the pandemic,” said Arshinta, Director of Community Development and Humanitarian, YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU).

Through the ages, local wisdoms have empowered civil society at the community level to develop resilience in disaster situations, such as the gotong royong (collaboration) principle. Such cultural heritage is in line with the concept of sustainable resilience, which was introduced by President of Indonesia Joko Widodo during the official opening of GPDRR 2022 on Wednesday (5/25), with the hope for it to be adopted globally to foster international collaboration.

One of Indonesia’s priorities in building sustainable resilience is to strengthen the culture of disaster awareness that is anticipative, responsive, and adaptive in responding to disasters. The priority needs to be pushed forward by bringing the discussions and recommendations from GPDRR as a common commitment, especially in supporting Indonesia’s G20 Presidency throughout 2022.

“Civil society could contribute through their experiences and thoughts, which are to be considered in the process of evidence-based decision making as a part of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency,” said Avianto Amri, Chairperson of the Indonesian Society for Disaster Management (MPBI).

Meanwhile, engaging civil society in the efforts of disaster risk reduction is non-negotiable, because they are the ones who will be most affected. This includes at risk groups within them, such as children, youth, women, and people with disabilities. On the other hand, they are also going to be in the frontline of the disaster-response activities.

“Their aspiration needs to be heard, responded, and adopted to be a basis for policymaking, which could spark initiatives to build partnerships and collaborations in strengthening the nation’s resilience in responding to disasters,” said M. Ali Yusuf, Chairperson of Humanitarian Forum Indonesia.

This echoes the spirit of Indonesian Children and Youth Delegation for the GPDRR 2022. Today, in the Thematic Session 12 titled Cooperation Across Borders for Strengthened Capacity and Action (Target F), they bring along the Indonesia Children and Youth Statement, which demands “inclusive participation for sustainable resilience.”

“In the statement, we convey our commitment and proactive efforts to improve resilience, such as improving synergy and contribution as well as advocacy in disaster risk reduction efforts,” said Tinitis Rinowati, one of the Indonesian Children and Youth Delegation members, who is also part of youth organization U-INSPIRE Indonesia.

Other than at the press conference room, the voice of civil society is also present in various venues at GPDRR 2022. One of which is the Indonesian House of Resilience, which was officiated by Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy last Monday (5/23). A number of the Coalition members will still share their experiences and good practices in building resilience at the community level on the stage of the Indonesian House of Resilience today and tomorrow. SHEEP Indonesia Foundation is presenting at 2 PM Bali time (GMT +8) this afternoon, while tomorrow U-INSPIRE Indonesia will take the stage at 9 AM, followed by Wahana Visi Indonesia at 9.30 AM. Catch them live at Bali Collection, BNDCC area, or online via live streaming on BNPB Indonesia’s YouTube channel (

For more information, contact:

Avianto Amri, Coordinator, Coalition of Civil Society for GPDRR

Puji Maharani, Communications and Media, MPBI

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