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ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA JOKO WIDODO


01 December 2015

ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA JOKO WIDODO:

 

Chairman,

The Head of States/The noble Governments,

Distinguish Delegates,

 

Our deepest sorrow over the terrorist acts in Paris on November 13th, 2015, which cost  the lives of innocent civilians.

 

As the country with the largest Moslem population in the world, Indonesia asserts that Islam teaches peace - Islam teaches tolerance. The terror acts have nothing to do with religion, nations and any race.

 

Chairman,

I present here to provide strong political support to the success of COP 21. As one of the largest forest owners, as the lungs of the world, Indonesia has chosen to be part of the solution. The Government that I preside, will build Indonesia with care for the environment.

 

Your Excellency,

Indonesia has the geographic conditions which are vulnerable to climate change:

  • Two-thirds of the region consists of the sea, has 17 thousand islands, many of them are small islands.
  • 60% of the population lives in coastal.
  • 80% of disasters are always associated with climate change.

 

More recently, Indonesia suffered forest and peat lands fires. Hot and dry El Nino has made the response to be very difficult, but it has been completed.

Strict enforcement carried out, prevention measures have been prepared and some began to implement, peat ecosystem restoration by forming Peat Restoration Agency. Vulnerability and the challenges of climate change do not stop Indonesia's commitment to contribute to the global action to reduce emissions.

 

To that end, Indonesia is committed to:

  • Reduce emissions by 29% below business as usual in 2030 and 41% with international assistance.
  • Emission reduction is done by taking steps:

o In the field of energy:

o In the field of forest management and land sector, through:

o While in the maritime field:

And all the efforts is performed by the community, including the indigenous peoples.

Your Excellency,

The Paris agreement must:

Reflect the balance, fairness and the corresponding national priorities and capabilities, bind, long-term, ambitious, but do not hamper the development of developing countries. To reach the Paris agreement, all parties, I repeat, all parties must contribute more in mitigation and adaptation actions, particularly developed countries, through:

  • Mobilization of funding to USD 100 billion until 2020, and increased for subsequent years.
  • Environmentally friendly technology transfer and capacity building.

Distinguish Delegates,

Reached an agreement in Paris is a must. I expect us all to make this earth into a comfortable place for our children. Make the earth into a prosperous place for their lives.

 

Thank you.

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