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28
February

A beach in Bali. (Photo: Provided)

 

The United Nations - UN General Assembly on Monday (26/02/2024) adopted a resolution to declare 2027 the International Sustainable and Resilient Tourism Year. As reported by Antara news agency, the resolution invites the World Tourism Organization - UNWTO to facilitate the organization and implementation of the international year in collaboration with governments, relevant organizations in the UN system, international and regional organizations, as well as other relevant stakeholders.

 

Sustainable tourism is not something new. Previously, UNWTO had declared 2017 as the International Year for Sustainable Tourism Development. Campaigns about sustainable tourism have also been echoed frequently.

 

As a country rich in tourist attractions, Indonesia through its Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is committed to developing sustainable tourism. On various occasions, the Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, conveyed Indonesia's sustainable tourism program.

 

Sustainable tourism is the development of tourism concepts that could have a long-term impact. The development is both in environmental, social, cultural, and economic aspects, for the present and future of all local communities and visiting tourists.

 

Many tourist destinations in Indonesia already carry the concept of sustainable tourism. The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy develops sustainable tourism by referring to four focus pillars. These are sustainable management, long-term sustainable economic, cultural sustainability which must always be developed and maintained, and sustainable environmental aspects.

 

Indonesia has also succeeded in developing tourist villages that implement sustainable tourism. National parks can be developed based on sustainable tourism, such as Baluran National Park in East Java, Ujung Kulon National Park in West Java, and others in various regions. Indonesia also has natural beauty, culture, arts, and traditions which can be a tourist attraction.

 

The hope is that Indonesia will be successful with its sustainable tourism program, not only to pursue the target of 2027 as the "Year of Sustainable Tourism", but for the sustainability of Indonesian tourism in general. This can be achieved with the involvement of all parties. The government, with its regulations and major blueprints, can make it easier to develop sustainable tourism. Tourism business players can continue to develop their programs to increase the selling value of Indonesian tourism. Locals, particularly in tourist destinations, can also be involved in tourism development. Therefore, sustainable tourism will ultimately bring sustainability to the economy and prosperity to the Indonesian people.

27
February

Skyline of Jakarta, the largest city in Indonesia. (Photo: Provided)

 

Indonesia's economic growth has shown a positive trend in recent years. Certain factors, such as strong investment, stable domestic consumption, and government efforts through structural reforms have contributed to solid economic growth. However, challenges, such as global uncertainty and changes in domestic policies remain factors to be wary of.

26
February

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a press conference during the

 

On Saturday (February 24, 2024), almost all nations in the world "commemorated" 2 years of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The commemoration aims not to praise the war, but to remember the fallen victims.

23
February

Myanmar soldiers at the 2021 Myanmar Armed Forces Day. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/mil.ru)

 

On February 10, 2024, the Myanmar military junta issued an order enforcing the People's Military Service Law of 2010. This law states that male citizens with age from 18 to 35 years old, and female citizens with age 18 to 27 years old are eligible to serve in the military. Those who evade military service or help others evade military service can be subject to prison sentences of up to five years.

21
February

President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo gave a speech at the 2024 National Press Day commemoration in Jakarta on Tuesday (20/02/2024). (Photo: Presidential Secretariat)

 

Indonesian president, Joko Widodo has signed Presidential Regulation No. 32 of 2024 on Publisher Rights. The president announced this during the commemoration of Indonesian National Press Day in Jakarta on Tuesday (20/02/2024).

20
February

A phone camera recorded Chairman of the Indonesian General Elections Commission (KPU), Hasyim Asy'ari (left) chatting with Chairman of the Indonesian Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), Rahmat Bagja (right) at the 2024 election press conference at the KPU headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday (15/02/2024). (Photo: Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)

Indonesia successfully held an election on February 14, 2024. Around 204.8 million people registered in the list, both at home and abroad, exercised their right to vote in the 2024 simultaneous general election. This fantastic number of voters makes Indonesia one of the largest election-organizing countries in the world.

19
February

Flags of the G7 member countries in Toronto, Canada in 2016. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/FreshCorp619)

 

The G7, consisting of the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan, and also representatives of the European Union, supported the establishment of Palestine as a country while affirming that the process towards that path must begin by stopping the war in Gaza.

16
February

Counting of 2024 Indonesian election ballot papers at the World Trade Center Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday (14/2/2024). (Photo: Antara/Virna Puspa Setyorini).

 

The general elections to elect the Indonesian president and vice president, as well as members of the Indonesian legislature at home took place last Wednesday (14/2). Meanwhile, overseas, it was held in stages starting from February 5 until 14.

14
February

The 2024 Indonesian general election at a polling station in Pamekasan Regency, East Java's Madura island on Wednesday (14/02/2024). (Photo: RRI/Abdul Rafi)

 

Today, February 14, 2024, is a critical day for the Indonesian people to determine the nation and country's fate for the next five years. Today, every Indonesian who has the right to vote, at home and abroad, casts their vote at polling stations determined based on their resident addresses. Indonesian people punch a ballot today to elect the president who will lead the country for the next five years. Besides that, it also elects people's representatives to sit in the central and local parliaments, simultaneously.

12
February

People walk through the rubble of a building heavily damaged by Israeli bombardment in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestine on Sunday (11/2/2024). (Photo: AFP/Said Khatib)

 

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Saturday (10/2/2024) when Israel planned to launch a land operation in Rafah, the southernmost city in the Gaza Strip. In their statement, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Affairs Ministry warned of danger from the attack against Rafah in the Gaza Strip, which is the last shelter for thousands of civilians.

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