24
October

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry is organizing a climate village program or ProKlim to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 29 percent.

In his remarks at the Climate Festival on Friday (23/10/20) in Jakarta, the Secretary-General of the ministry, Bambang Hendroyono explained that the government is targeting to form 20,000 climate villages in Indonesia by the end of 2024.

"ProKlim is a joint adaptation mitigation action or a combination of climate change mitigation adaptation. It is Indonesia's comparative advantage in translating global commitments into concrete actions that touch down to the site level and can move various parties to play an active role in realizing a climate-resilient and low GHG emission Indonesia," he said

"ProKlim locations is 2,775 by this year. It needs to increase both in terms of the number and quality of its activities, considering that there are still many villages / sub-districts that need touch and assistance," he said.

"With active participation and support from all parties, at least we can make 20,000 climate villages throughout Indonesia by the end of 2024," Bambang added.

The Climate Village Program (ProKlim) is a national program managed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to increase the involvement of the community and other stakeholders to strengthen adaptation capacity to the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, also to provide recognition of adaptation and mitigation efforts.

This program aims to improve welfare at the local level in accordance with regional conditions. (VOI)

24
October

 

Former Indonesian vice president Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, who is on the panel of judges for the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity, met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday to discuss humanity and world peace.


“The Pope told me the meaning of human fraternity — the togetherness of people as well as their companionship, as it is crucial for today when the world is facing many crises,” Kalla, who has served as the 10th and 12th Indonesian vice president, said in a statement received in Jakarta.


“The Pope also delivered a message on the importance of us maintaining harmony with other people in this world since there would be no peace without such good human interaction,” he added.


During the interaction, Pope Francis urged all the judges to objectively assess nominees, and he "elaborated some measures for this matter, underlining this event's aim for humanity purposes”, Kalla said.


The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity is named after the first president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is presented to individuals and entities for breakthrough work in human development.

During an internal meeting with the judges, Kalla suggested crowning the inventors of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as awardees, as they are being counted as heroes during this pandemic on account of their efforts to save people's lives.


Since it was instituted in 2019, the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity will be presented for the first time in 2021, with nominees ranging from government officials, United Nations representatives, representatives of international non-government organizations, as well as supreme court justices, and academicians.

The deadline for nominee submissions is December 1, 2020, while the award is scheduled to be announced on February 4, 2021. The award carries a cash prize of US$1 million.


Besides Kalla, other judges for the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity include the ex-president of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza; the 27th Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean; Cardinal Dominique Mamberti; and former special adviser to the United Nations on genocide prevention, Adama Dieng.
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23
October

The Task Force for Handling COVID-19 said that until October 23, 2020, there was an increase of 4,094 patients recovering from the COVID-19 disease, bringing the total to 305,100 people.

Based on data collected until Friday at 12.00 WIB, confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 were also recorded to have increased to 4,369 to a total of 381,910 cases. Meanwhile, the death toll was recorded to have increased by 118 people to a total of 13,077 people.

Based on the distribution of the number of cases, DKI Jakarta recorded the highest number of recovered patients, namely 1,093 people, 952 positive cases, and 21 dead cases.

Then, West Sumatra reported 523 new recovered cases, 257 positive cases and 7 deaths, Central Java 470 people recovered with 571 positive people and 15 people died, East Java 341 cases recovered, 295 positive people and 12 people died.

Next, West Java recorded 319 cases recovered with 504 people confirmed positive and 10 cases died, Riau 252 people recovered with 276 positive people and 6 people died, while East Kalimantan recorded 237 people recovered with 223 positive cases and 1 person reported dying from COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Task Force also said there were 2 provinces that reported new cases under 10 and 3 provinces that today reported no additional cases, namely Bangka Belitung, West Sulawesi, and Gorontalo.

Then, the COVID-19 Task Force also recorded 161,763 suspected cases spread across 501 districts/cities and 34 provinces throughout Indonesia.

Meanwhile, 42,287 specimens were examined on Friday, using both real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) examination and molecular rapid test (TCM). (Antaranews)

23
October

The Ministry of Finance continues its efforts to support the governments of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin in achieving five priority programs aimed at structural reforms in Indonesia.

 

The five priority programs for structural reform include the development of Human Resources, infrastructure, simplification of regulations, simplification of the bureaucracy, and economic transformation.

 

"In one year of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin's administration, the Ministry of Finance continues to strive to jointly guard the government's performance towards an advanced Indonesia," an official statement from the Ministry of Finance received in Jakarta, Friday.

 

Ministry of Finance also strives to maintain domestic stability by maintaining consumption as the main engine of economic growth and increasing competitiveness to increase investment and exports.

 

Then also carry out structural reforms and maintain economic-political stability and improve the quality of human resources as economic actors.

 

Meanwhile, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Finance continued to be responsive to domestic and global economic developments by using fiscal policies, including refocusing and budget reallocation and providing economic stimulus.

 

"Several policies issued by the Ministry of Finance in the fiscal sector are the government's efforts to continue to protect the public and the business world in the midst of pressure due to the pandemic," he wrote.

 

Refocusing and reallocation of the 2020 State Budget in Ministries/Institutions (K/L) and local governments are carried out so that the State Budget and Regional Budget can focus on efforts to prevent and manage its impacts.

 

"As much as Rp190 trillion in expenditure was saved and Rp. 55 trillion was reallocated," he wrote.

 

From this refocusing and reallocation, the government can provide various stimuli, such as in February 2020 through a budget of IDR 8.5 trillion aimed at strengthening the domestic economy.

 

This strengthening of the domestic economy was carried out by accelerating state expenditures and encouraging labor-intensive spending policies and sectoral fiscal stimuli for affected industries.

 

Furthermore, the provision of the second stimulus in March 2020 with a budget of Rp. 22.5 trillion, which is focused on supporting people's purchasing power and encouraging the ease of export and import.

 

Stimulus III in March 2020 amounting to IDR 405.1 trillion, which is budgeted for public health and social protection and financial system stability through the two pillars of Government Regulation No.1 of 2020.

 

The two pillars are considered important because they are related to public finance policies for health, social safety nets, support for MSMEs, and the business world and financial sector policies.

 

The last is the expansion of stimulus III with a budget of Rp.695.2 trillion or the equivalent of 4.2 percent of GDP, which is allocated for two major categories, health Rp. 87.55 trillion and economic recovery Rp. 607.65 trillion. (Antaranews)

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