Tuesday, February 23, 2010

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Bali to open the 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

President Yudhoyono arrives in Bali to open GC-UNEP
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 12:14 WIB | Environment )
Denpasar (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Bali to open the 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-UNEP) and he was conferred the  UNEP Award Leadership in Marine and Ocean Management.by  UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner on Wednesday.

The president is scheduled on Wednesday to open UNEP Ministerial Meeting - the 11th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum at Bali International Conference Center (BICC) which is to last from February 24-26.

Participants of the UNEP meetings will include environment ministers from over 100 countries, heads of UN agencies, including UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, scientists and environmental experts, leading journalists and media professionals from across the globe, as well as business and civil society leaders.

Among topics to be discussed in the Reporting Green workshop will be "Pricing Nature: The Economic and Social Value of Ecosystems and Biodiversity", "The International Year of Biodiversity", and "The Way Forward, Global Markets: The Green Economy Option".

Journalists would have the opportunity to interact with Environment Ministers and key environmental figures from around the world, and deepen their understanding of environmental issues by engaging with top experts and scientists, Munge said.

President Yudhoyono arrived at Ngurah Rai International airport at 9 on Wednesday morning in the company of Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi and State Minister for National Development Planning Board/National Development Planning Board chairperson Armida Alisjahbana.

Besides opening the forum, the head of state is also scheduled to have a gathering at Westin Hotel with environmental ministers and deputy ministers, as well as the heads of delegations attending the conference.

At 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon, President Yudhoyono and his entourage would leave Ngurah Rai airport for Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta.

The president was originally scheduled to leave Jakarta for Bali on Tuesday but his departure was hampered by his mother, Siti Habibah, who had been admitted to Husada hospital for medical treatment.

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The Jakarta Globe 
Fidelis E. Satriastanti

SBY Urges Bali Delegates to 'Save This World'

Nusa Dua. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is urging countries to use the United Nations Environment Program meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, to resolve deadlocks on climate change ahead of this year’s Mexico Climate Talks.

Speaking at the opening of a global ministerial forum, Yudhoyono said nations “cannot wait any longer” to deal with human impacts on the world’s climate.

“We need to finalize the climate change negotiations at the Mexico climate talks by end of this year,” said Yudhoyono on his speech. “I hear that there will be an informal meeting in Bali concerning the issue and I urge all of you to use this forum to find the best solution.”

“I think that we’re still not too late to do our best to save this world.”

Delegations from 130 countries have gathered for the Bali meetings, which will focus on sustainable development, eco-friendly economies and biodiversity. The ministerial meeting will be the first since last year’s Cophenhagen climate talks, which were largely deemed a failure since they did not produce a legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those gases are believed to be increasing the world’s temperature, melting glaciers, raising sea levels and causing potentially catastrophic disruptions to the environment.

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