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RI wants UN to raise ocean issues at talks

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Sat, January 23 2010   /  12:48 pm

Indonesia will once again raise ocean issues at the upcoming UN conference in Bali, to press for world recognition of the role of oceans in climate change. The Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry said the country's delegation would push the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to include oceans in its program of work to help protect the oceans from the impacts of rising temperatures. "We hope UNEP will adopt the ocean as its main mandate in its program of work," senior official Hendra Yusran Siry told The Jakarta Post on Friday. He added that once UNEP had done so, it would be easier to promote ocean issues at upcoming climate talks. More than 120 environmental ministers are scheduled to meet at the Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Bali, organized by UNEP. The meeting will discuss, among others, green economies, biodiversity and ecosystems. The U...