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Jakarta Post

A strong climate target will attract global investors to Indonesia

Greenpeace activists wear penguin costumes and take action and hold signs reading 'Iklim berubah, ekosistem laut terancam' (Climate is changing, the ocean ecosystem is threatened) during a protest in Jakarta on Feb. 9, 2020. The protesters urge the government to participate in the International Ocean Treaty to impose protection against marine animals and ecosystem amid the climate crisis.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)
Yvo De Boer
Geneva   ●   Sat, April 10 2021

Indonesia has a long and proud record in helping to solve global environmental problems. Nearly 20 years ago Bali hosted the preparatory meetings ahead of the Rio+10 World Summit on Sustainable Development – a landmark moment in the shift towards more sustainable growth.

In 2007 the government generously hosted the Conference of Parties (COP) 13 UN climate summit - a memorably tough meeting - but one that ultimately laid the foundations for the Paris climate deal in 2015.

A country as vast as Indonesia, with populations so close to the sea, and such richly endowed rainforests and biomes cannot fail to note the power and glory of the natural world.

Leaders of the planet's largest predominantly Muslim nation have long stood shoulder-to-shoulder at UN climate and biodiversity summits, as I expect President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will do a...

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