Background

At the Fifth Grand Annual Meeting in Bochum, 2013, PPI Jerman (Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia Jerman/Indonesian Student Union in Germany/Vereinigung Indonesischer Studenten e.V) agreed upon the idea of organizing an international conference in Germany. This event is also regarded as an opportunity to contribute to our communities by raising themes that are relevant and applicable to the improvement of human lives and the development of nations.

To materialize this vision, ICONIC (the International Conference of Integrated Intellectual Community) is launched,  which will be held regularly as one of the organization’s annual projects.

ICONIC 2018 raises a theme of “Science and Technology for Sustainable Development” adopting the resolution in UN General Assembly held on September 25th 2015 (http://www.un.org). A set of goals toward a new sustainable development agenda for all has been issued, are: (1) No poverty, (2) Zero hunger, (3) Good health and well-being, (4) Quality education, (5) Gender equality, (6) Clean water and sanitation, (7) Affordable and clean energy, (8) Decent work and economic growth, (9) Industry, innovation and infrastructure, (10) Reduced inequality, (11) Sustainable cities and communities, (12) Responsible consumption and production, (13) Climate action, (14) Life below water, (15) Life on land, (16) Peace, justice and strong Institution, and (17) Partnerships for the goals. Already specific and ambitious targets has been proposed to achieve over the next 15 years. This renders opportunities for people around the world to exchange ideas and share experiences for accelerating the achievement of each target. With respect to the new set of sustainable development goals, ICONIC 2018 focuses on the central issues covering:

  1. Energy and natural sciences.
  2. Information technology and telecommunications, infrastructures and logistics.
  3. Food industry and medical science.

 

SIMPOSIUM AMEROP (OISAA American-European Region Symposium)

Mirroring the 2016 PPI AMEROP in Washington D.C., America, the 2018 PPI AMEROP International Symposium will also feature a variety of programs to encourage delegates to work together, build network, and exchange ideas for the benefits of Indonesia. The symposium itself will consist of a panel discussion, focus group discussions (FGDs), and PPI AMEROP Internal Assemblies, and revolve around the question of how Indonesia can manage its resources effectively and efficiently so as to attain a level of ‘energy sovereignty’.

Nations must achieve the ‘energy sovereignty’ status, both in the present and in the decades to come, for a number of reasons. Energy is one of the basic needs of every human being on earth. Specifically, in some developing countries, such as Indonesia, the growth in the number of energy consumers is greater than the level of its availability. In other words, the demand is far greater than the supply. In addition to that, energy is also one of the main elements of a nation’s strength as well as an important indicator of economic growth which serves as the foundation of the people’s welfare. Without adequate energy, people cannot live decent lives. No lamps to illuminate the darkness, no heat in the kitchen, no power for electronic goods, and the list continues to go on.

The overall aim of the discussion is to propose a comprehensive set of recommendations for Indonesia’s energy management system. In order to do this, the discussions during PPI AMEROP’s International Symposium will tackle various pillars of energy management: 1) Economy Committee; 2) Political and Law Committee; 3) Social, Cultural and Environmental Committee; and 4) Science and Technology Committee. In order to secure a level of energy sovereignty, we cannot merely talk about the security of supply or the global/national economic trends which influence energy development. Instead, Indonesia as a nation must have a well-rounded, mature, and good quality energy management system. Not only must Indonesia have adequate human and natural resources, it also needs to build an integrated modern system with a strategic management which empowers human resources as well as exploit natural resources in an effective and efficient manner.