ASIATODAY.ID, DUBAI – The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a bilateral meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre on the sidelines of the World Climate Action Summit (WCAS) COP28 Dubai, Friday, December 1 2023.
In this meeting the two Heads of State discussed a number of issues, including environmental cooperation between Indonesia and Norway.
“President Jokowi emphasized commitment and real work, no longer promises and claims. “Indonesia has succeeded in reducing emissions through proven reductions in deforestation and forest degradation, and is recognized globally,” said the Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar after the bilateral meeting.
In October last year, said Siti, Norway contributed USD 56 million to Indonesia’s deforestation reduction performance for the 2016/17 period through BPDLH.
At COP28, PM Støre announced a continuation of Norway’s contribution of USD 100 million towards deforestation reduction performance for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 periods.
“Norway’s contribution to Indonesia’s performance in reducing deforestation will continue, especially towards Indonesia’s performance in reducing deforestation that has occurred, namely for the 2019-2020 period, the 2020-2021 period, and the 2021-2022 period,” he said.
President Jokowi is also said to have touched on the European Union Law on Deforestation (EUDR).
“Even though it is not a member of the EU, as an economic region in Europe, it is hoped that Norway can help provide a balance of information and justice for Indonesia by providing a balanced view, especially regarding the European Union’s deforestation regulations which are discriminatory and have a big impact on millions of small farmers,” explained Siti. .
Apart from that, President Jokowi and PM Støre also discussed investment cooperation between the two countries. It is hoped that Norway can realize its JETP commitment as soon as possible and increase investment in developing the Indonesian capital as a forest-based smart city.
Finally, the two leaders of the country also discussed the situation in Gaza. President Jokowi hopes that Norway, as the facilitator of the Oslo agreement, can contribute to finding a peace solution in Gaza based on a two-state solution. (AT Network)
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