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‘Missed opportunity’: Indonesia shies away from net-zero target at climate summit

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World leaders appear on the screen during a virtual Climate Summit, as seen from the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday.(Reuters/Tom Brenner)
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
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Jakarta   ●   Mon, April 26, 2021

Indonesia has failed to make a stronger commitment to mitigate the climate crisis as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo opts to shy away from declaring a net-zero emission pledge at a recent climate summit, when most leaders announced a tougher promise to address the matter.

The President attended the virtual climate summit hosted by United States President Joe Biden on Thursday, when 40 world leaders were expected to raise their ambitions in mitigating the crisis.

Jokowi opened his five-minute speech by reiterating Indonesia’s commitment to mitigating the crisis: “Indonesia is serious in tackling climate change and calls upon the world to take concrete actions.”

However, the President did not specify any net-zero emissions goal, or when Indonesia would reach a point of balancing out the greenhous...

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