UNDP Chief wraps up two day visit to IndonesiaFeb 10, 2015
10 February, Jakarta -- UNDP Administrator Helen Clark has wrapped up a two-day visit to Indonesia, where she met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, ministers, and Parliament Speaker Setya Novanto and senior Members of Parliament. She also launched a disaster recovery toolkit in co-operation with the Tsunami Global Lessons Learned Project Steering Committee (TGLLP-SC) and the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID)
Noting Indonesia’s achievements in disaster risk reduction, Helen Clark said that Indonesia was well placed to take an active role in next month’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.
“A new global framework on disaster reduction will be agreed upon in Sendai, Japan. It will be important for countries like Indonesia to push for preparedness and risk reduction approaches to feature prominently in the new framework as an important component of overall sustainable development and resilience strategies,” she said in her speech.
In the meeting with President Joko Widodo, issues of poverty eradication, tackling inequality, and preservation of Indonesia’s forests were discussed.
Parliament Speaker Setya Novanto echoed Helen Clark’s remarks on sustainable development principles and the need to balance economic growth with environmental protection, adding that Indonesia’s parliament stands ready to work together with UNDP.
“In relation to the post 2015 development agenda, the Indonesian parliament believes that there are three pillars that need to be taken into account; economic, social and environment” said Novanto during his one-hour meeting with Helen Clark.
Speaking about the level of commitment on sustainable development from the parliamentarians she met in Indonesia Miss Clark said she was “impressed with their level of understanding and knowledge on key development issues.
This week’s trip was Helen Clark’s second visit to Indonesia as UNDP Administrator. Her first visit was in 2011 when she travelled by boat through parts of Central Kalimantan, a pilot province for REDD+ projects. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is a global effort that puts a price on carbon stored in forests, offering incentives, both financial and environmental, for countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by halting deforestation.
REDD is critical for reducing Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions by its target of 26 per cent by 2020.
Helen Clark’s visit also included a meeting with Minister for National Development Planning, Adrinof Chaniago, whose Ministry is in charge of drafting and implementing the country’s next five-year development planning.