Indonesia has role in tackling climate change, development challenges

29 Apr 2011

Jakarta - UNDP Administrator Helen Clark concluded a three-day visit to Indonesia today which highlighted the country’s increasingly prominent global role in addressing development and climate change challenges.

Helen Clark met with Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other high-level officials to discuss UNDP and Indonesia’s continuing partnership, as well as the country’s pioneering efforts to prevent deforestation and forest degradation. They also discussed the importance of globally sharing Indonesia’s development experiences, particularly with regards to the progress made on the MDGs, the country’s important work in disaster recovery, and its democratic transformation.

Helen Clark traveled through parts of Central Kalimantan, which was selected as a pilot province for REDD+ projects, where she met with community members and officials.  REDD – Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation – is a global effort that puts a price on carbon stored in forest, offering incentive, both financial and environmental, for countries to reduce emissions by better managing forest resources. REDD+ goes beyond deforestation and includes the role of conservation and sustainable management of forests.  Norway has committed $1 billion for Indonesia’s REDD+ agenda.  Indonesia plans to reduce Green House Gas emissions by up to 26 percent by 2020, as it has among the highest levels of emissions in the world.

“At UNDP, we place emphasis on how local people can benefit.  In the design of REDD+,  it is important there are win-wins for the local people for the forests,” said Helen Clark about the future of REDD+ in Indonesia.

While in Jakarta, the UNDP Administrator and Indonesian President  Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gave keynote addresses at the Business for Environment Global Summit 2011. Known as B4E, the summit was aimed at exploring new approaches to business leadership that aligns corporate goals with environmental ones that promote a clean economy and low-carbon future.

President Yudhoyono outlined his vision for Indonesia to play a key role in addressing global climate change, urging business to join government to take action. “Achieving a green economy will require collective vision, creativity, action and support from a broad cross-section of society, especially the business community. It will require sustainable consumption and production as part and parcel of a green economy,” he said.

“Business as usual, which leads to broken ecosystems and a warming climate, contributes to increasing economic volatility, and to higher costs and lower profitability of doing business,” said Helen Clark, in her speech.

“There is no question in my mind that in both the present and the future, investing in inclusive and low carbon growth makes good business sense,” Helen Clark said in her address. “Increasingly in global markets, goods and services with high carbon footprints and negative social costs will become less competitive and less desirable,” she said.
Helen Clark’s visit to Indonesia also included participation in a Youth Dialogue with 100 Indonesian students to discuss their important role in promoting and maintaining environmental sustainability.  She urged them to set goals for themselves and work towards them. “If you make a difference in this country, you will make a difference to the world,” she said.

Her meetings also included discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Marty Natalegawa; Minister Armida Alisjahbana from Bappenas; Secretary of the Presidential Taskforce on REDD+, Mr. Heru Prasetyo; Governor of Cenetral Kalimantan, A. Teras Narang, and the head of the UN Agencies and other key development partner institutions.

Contact Information

Olenka.priyadarsani@undp.org; 6281314718320
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