G20 EDM-CSWG Delegation Supports Global Commitment to Address Environmental Issues and Climate Change

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Jakarta, March 24, 2022 –

On Wednesday, March 23, the Plenary Meeting of the G20 Environment Deputies and Climate Sustainability Working Group (1st EDM-CSWG) in Yogyakarta came to an end. During the last session, all G20 delegates supported the talking points, which inform the development of the three priority agendas of the G20 EDM-CSWG.

The results of this meeting are a good indicator in the process of preparing the G20 communiqué on the environment and sustainable climate change at ministerial level. The results will be discussed in more detail at the next EDM-CSWG meeting, which will take place in June in Jakarta and in August in Bali.

As Co-Chair of the G20 Members of Parliament Meeting on Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (EDM-CSWG), Laksmi Dwanthi, Director General of Climate Change Control (PPI) of the Ministry of Environment and (KLHK), revealed that the EDM-CSWG delegates hope that the agreed communiqué can invite the world community to implement a global program related to the management of environmental problems and control.

“The G20 countries also suggest and hope that the communiqué can send a strong message not only to the G20, but also to the rest of the world, that the G20 forum is serious about environmental and climate change issues, is committed to working together and lead the implementation of existing programs on environment and climate change,” said Laksmi.

Laksmi cited several commitments made by the international community, including the marine plastic litter program, water management issues, and controlling climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through targets. more ambitious, all of which were discussed at the UNFCCC COP 26 in Glasgow. Last year.

“Everyone hopes that the process of developing the next communiqué during the second and third meetings of the EDM-CSWG will go well and that at the ministerial level it will be able to generate a solid communiqué document as well as an action plan that can be implemented,” added Laksmi.

The ministerial-level communiqué will eventually be used to help prepare the G20 Leaders’ Statement at the G20 Summit in November 2022.

With this in mind, Sigit Reliantoro, Director General of Environmental Pollution and Damage Control (PPKL) and Co-Chair of the G20 MEPs Meeting on Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (EDM-CSWG), said the G20 delegates and international organizations present welcomed the results of this two-day dialogue.

“Alhamdulillah, the main and sub-priority issues we have addressed have received support from member countries, including guest countries and international organizations,” Sigit added.

He went on to say that the EDM dialogue focused on seven priority issues: land degradation, biodiversity loss, marine litter, water, sustainable consumption and resource efficiency, sustainable finance and marine protection.

“Six issues have been resolved through securing input from G20 EDM member countries. The issue of sustainable consumption and resource efficiency will be discussed at the second meeting later in June,” Sigit said.

According to Sigit, delegates also recommended that the existing framework be maintained on the issue of land degradation. Delegates also supported Indonesia’s actual initiatives to rehabilitate mangroves and peatlands on a large scale.

On the issue of biodiversity loss, delegates supported implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. In addition, delegates also supported efforts to reduce marine litter, focusing on how to promote as little plastic litter as possible in the water by incorporating it into a circular economic cycle.

On the issue of water, Sigit said delegates were excited to focus this platform not only on water security, but also on approaches to improving the environment, such as nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based approaches.

“These approaches are considered to have huge potential as the investment is not too large, but the benefits can be immediately felt by the local community,” Sigit noted.

On the issue of sustainable finance, delegates called for defined benchmarks and targets for the process of establishing a sustainable environment, according to Sigit, so that financing needs and formats can be properly identified. Accordingly, transparent means of reporting and private sector engagement should be promoted and encouraged. On the issue of climate change, Laksmi said G20 delegates intend to strengthen the climate change mitigation and adaptation agenda, as agreed at UNFCCC COP 26 in Glasgow in 2021. G20 delegates also support the links between marine (ocean) issues and climate change. , as well as resource mobilization (funding, research, technology and capacity building)

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