The Minister for National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas of the Republic Indonesia Suharso Monoarfa, together with the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Mr Vincent Piket, launched EU Climate Diplomacy Week 2020 in a virtual online event in Jakarta on Saturday (10/24). The EU’s Climate Diplomacy Week, held from 24 October to 6 November 2020, is part of an annual worldwide campaign to highlight positive global action and collaboration on climate change. The theme for the Climate Diplomacy Week 2020 in Indonesia is “Act Today for Tomorrow”. “I sincerely congratulate the European Union for the success of this annual campaign ‘EU Climate Diplomacy Week 2020’ amid a very hard situation,” Minister Monoarfa said via video conference.
EU Climate Diplomacy Week 2020 will feature 34 events to foster dialogue and cooperation on climate change, showcase success stories and inspire further action. Taking part are the Indonesian government, the embassies of eight EU Member States (Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden) and the EU Delegation, and approximately 100 non-profit organisations, youth groups, community representatives, private sector, celebrities and opinion leaders, as well as environmental activists and young climate warriors.
“Climate change is, with COVID-19, the most critical global challenge. Youth and civil society around the globe have been vocal about climate change, they are making their voice heard, and they have asked governments, companies and all of us to take action. There is no doubt that we have to act today for our tomorrow,” said H.E. Vincent Piket, the EU Ambassador to Indonesia.
The Indonesia Government has continuously stepped up its commitment in coping with climate change by ensuring the climate issues is embodied in national development plan. “Indonesia has launched its first ‘green’ National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN 2020-2024) that incorporates Low Carbon Development & Climate Resilience as one of our national priority agenda,” added Minister Monoarfa.
“In Europe we have set in motion a very large and comprehensive policy for climate action. It is called the European Green Deal. It is our roadmap towards making the EU’s economy and society truly green, circular and carbon neutral by the year 2050. The Green Deal is for Europe but we know that we have to partner all over the globe in order to reach the goals formulated in the Paris Climate Agreement. That is why we reach out to Indonesia as one of our very important partners from a global and climate perspective. We believe there is tremendous scope for the EU and Indonesia to step up cooperation on green recovery and circular economy,” added EU Ambassador Piket.
Climate Diplomacy Week 2020 will highlight five key climate change related issues: our forests, our oceans, responsible production and consumption, a greener economy, and urban climate actions. Activities are all presented online, in the form of webinar, talk show, dialogue, panel discussion, workshop, movie screening, and many more. “During this time, as we take a dive on how important it is to enhance resilience and ability to adapt and recover, we recognise that building a better health system is key, and yet it is also essential to improve more sustainable support system including food security, waste management and sustainable livelihoods to reduce potential losses due to future shocks,” Minister Monoarfa concluded.