UNDP CLIMATE DIALOGUE: Putting the Paris Agreement into Action

Aug 22, 2016

Six months after the pivotal Paris Agreement, Indonesian ministry officials on the United Nations Development Programme’s Climate Dialogue agree: more action is needed. Speakers discussed progress and challenges around achieving national targets. Although progress is being made, there is an urgent need for enhanced cooperation among ministries to reach Indonesia’s emission-reduction target of 29%, or 41% with international assistance by 2030. “Solidarity in Paris has to continue and materialize – there is no better proof than action,” said Corinne Breuze, Ambassador of France in her welcoming address at the event.

As Indonesia works towards realizing its commitment to reducing emissions, there is a need to develop policies, ensure their swift implementation and develop complementary actions particular the areas of energy and transport, agriculture, forestry and peatland. In the keynote address he delivered on behalf of the Minister, Mr. Agus Justianto, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said the Paris Agreement is a historic achievement; a global milestone in tackling climate change.

The Paris Agreement has early momentum that was missing in previous international climate agreements thanks to the submission of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that elicited country-level ownership of emission reduction targets, Mr. Justianto commented. The panel of ministry officials and a Member of Parliament shared experiences, innovations, and challenges, moderated by Mr. Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, Chair of the Advisory Council on Climate Change, KLHK.  The panel also fielded questions from the audience of academics, civil society and private sector stakeholders on topics of monitoring and evaluation, disaster reduction and quality data.  

On Earth Day (22 April 2016) Indonesia joined more than 170 other nations in signing the historic Paris Agreement, a symbolic moment that maintained important momentum on climate change. At the Paris Agreement signing ceremony, H.E. Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environmental and Forestry, announced that Indonesia aims to be one of the first 50 countries to ratify the international agreement to halt global temperature rise. Indonesia is a globally significant emitter of greenhouse gasses, but it is also an archipelagic nation vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. UNDP Indonesia supports Indonesia’s ratification process of the Paris Agreement and will continue to work with the Government and all actors on actions to meet the national targets on climate change.
Brittany Benson
UN Coordination Analyst, CO/ID

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