Jokowi: Developing Countries Doubt Developed Countries’ Commitment to Environmental Funding

President Joko Widodo conducts a photo session with members of the G7 countries and partner countries attending the G7 Summit at the Grand Prince Hotel, Hiroshima, Japan, on Saturday, May 20 2023. The President is seen standing to the right of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, while to the right of President Jokowi is President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol. Also seen behind President Jokowi is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi standing between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz., JAKARTA — President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) emphasized that climate funding support for developing countries must be constructive and far from discriminatory policies in the name of the environment. Funding support in forms such as debt, according to him, will only be a burden.

This was conveyed by Jokowi in his speech at the G7 Partner Work Session which discussed climate, energy and the environment at the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima, Japan, on Saturday (20/5/2023).

“I must say, to be honest, developing countries are doubtful of developed countries’ funding commitments, which until now have not fulfilled the commitment of US$100 billion per year,” Jokowi continued, quoted from a Palace press release on Sunday (21/5/2023).

Therefore, Jokowi encourages all countries to increase concrete action against the threat of climate change. He also conveyed a number of concrete actions that have been taken by Indonesia in dealing with this threat.

“Indonesia has done many things such as the rate of deforestation has decreased significantly and is the lowest for the last 20 years, rehabilitation of 600 thousand hectares of mangrove forests will be completed in 2024, rehabilitation of 3 million hectares of degraded land, forest fires will decrease by 88 percent, build 30 thousand hectares of green industrial areas, and encourage the development of the EV ecosystem,” said the President.

Jokowi also encouraged all countries to contribute according to their respective capacities in dealing with the threat of climate change.

“The old approach must be abandoned, burden shifting, propaganda. This earth needs real action, doesn’t it talk the talk which has no concrete ending,” said Jokowi.

According to Jokowi, Indonesia has increased its emission reduction target by 31.89 percent on its own and 43.2 percent with international support. “A commitment that must be followed by an empowering partnership,” he added.


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