NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called for extraordinary measures at the global level to control and address the impacts of climate change at a summit on climate adaptation.
“The climate impacts are very real before us. Especially for island countries such as Indonesia,” said the President as quoted in the official statement of the Presidential Secretariat received in Jakarta, Tuesday.
In a virtually virtual Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 summit, the President stated that climate cycle change requires farmers and fishermen in Indonesia to adapt in order to defend themselves.
Rising sea levels have also forced coastal residents and small islands to struggle to survive.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit at least 215 countries around the world including Indonesia makes the challenge of addressing the impacts of climate change increasingly complex and severe.
“For that, we must take extraordinary steps,” said President Jokowi.
According to him, the first extraordinary step to take is to ensure all countries meet the national contribution to the handling of climate change (NDC).
“Indonesia has upgraded the NDC to improve resilience and adaptation capacity,” he said.
Furthermore, the President said, all potential communities must be able to be moved to jointly raise awareness in controlling climate change and tackling the impacts of climate change.
“Indonesia is engaging communities to control climate change through the Kampung Iklim program which includes 20 thousand villages by 2024,” he said.
The next extraordinary step, according to the President, is the strengthening of global partnerships, including capacity building cooperation in the face of climate change for countries in the Pacific region.
“Surely developed countries must meet their commitments,” he said.
The president suggested that the fourth extraordinary step is to continue the development of green concept for a better world.
The President hopes that the CAS 2021 summit can have an impact on increasing action through global solidarity, collaboration, and collective leadership in efforts to control and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
The CAS summit is part of efforts to accelerate and enhance global efforts to adapt to climate change.
In this year’s conference held online, the Netherlands acted as host.
The conference was attended by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, Co-Chair of the Global Commission on Adaptation Ban Ki-moon. And leaders of international economic and development institutions, as well as heads of state or heads of government of 22 countries. (eky)