Planning is a crucial aspect in regional development policy because in addition to being the first step in achieving goals, it also reflects the perspective of a government to which the region will be directed. Thus, the preparation of a good regional development plan is a necessity to continue to strive for.

The Provincial Government of Central Java, like other regions, compiles development planning through the Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMD). The RPJMD is a regional development planning document that contains a description of the vision, mission, and strategies or programs of the regional government for a period of 5 (five) years.

Referring to Law 25/2004 on the National Development Planning System, the preparation of the RPJMD is required to meet strategic principles where the RPJMD must be closely related to the process of determining where regional development will be directed, what is to be achieved, and what steps need to be taken to achieve these objectives. In addition, democratic planning also requires that the preparation of the RPJMD be carried out in a transparent, accountable and participatory manner.

Development planning certainly does not only focus on economic aspects but must also prioritize social and environmental aspects. Therefore, the principle of sustainable development needs to be put forward so that what is planned is able to answer current needs without compromising the fulfillment of the needs of future generations.

This policy note is intended to provide an overview of the mainstreaming of Sustainable Development Goals (TPB / SDGs) in the 2018-2023 RPJMD Regional Regulation in Central Java Province through analysis of the determination of strategic issues, missions, and future direction of local government policy. Specific review is emphasized on aspects of spatial planning and community participation.

Mainstreaming SDGs in Development Plans in Central Java: Review of Spatial Aspects and Community Participation

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