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Manado declaration `powerless' without UN recognition

  • Rachmat Witoelar

  /   Mon, May 18 2009   /  01:43 pm

Despite the governments of developing nations adopting the Manado Ocean Declaration (MOD) recognizing the impact climate change has on oceans, Indonesia - the host and initiator of the world's first ocean conference - is now facing an uphill battle getting the MOD onto the negotiation table for the Copenhagen climate conference later this year. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered the Climate Change National Council (DNPI) to coordinate efforts to register the MOD with the UN system. DNPI executive chairman Rachmat Witoelar, also Indonesia's state minister for the environment, spoke with The Jakarta Post's Adianto P. Simamora on the sidelines of the ocean talks in Manado, North Sulawesi, from May 11-15, 2009. Question: What's the next step after nations agree to adopt the Manado Ocean Declaration? Answer: The Indonesian government, through the Climate Change National ...