Indonesian President Yudhoyono, UN development chief meet on forests

28 Apr 2011

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark in Jakarta Thursday where they discussed Indonesia’s pioneering efforts to prevent deforestation and degradation as part of a UN initiative. They also discussed the strong partnership between Indonesia and UNDP and the importance of sharing globally Indonesia’s development experiences in many areas, including dramatic progress on the MDGs, particularly in the areas of education and health, its important work on disaster recovery, and Indonesia’s democratic transformation.

They also talked about Indonesia’s significant role in getting development on the agenda at the G20, Indonesia’s current leadership of ASEAN, and policies needed nationally, regionally and globally to deal with rising food and fuel prices.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. “REDD+” goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

Clark met with Yuhoyono on the second day of her three-day visit to the country.