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05
December

The 4th Ministerial Meeting of the AIS Forum - 

 

The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut B. Pandjaitan gave a speech at the Welcoming Dinner of the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the AIS Forum in Bali, on Monday (5-12-2022).

Coordinating Minister Luhut warmly welcomed the delegates who attended the welcoming dinner.

"Welcome to Indonesia, on the beautiful island of Bali. I hope you can enjoy your visit, feel a warm welcome and bring a wonderful experience when you return to your country," said Coordinating Minister Luhut.

Coordinating Minister Luhut stated that the presence of the delegates at the AIS Forum event was proof of the dedication of each country to strengthen cooperation. In a world that is always changing, this meeting is a hope for us to be able to change the future.

“Through this AIS Forum, we are optimistic that we can become a resilient and adaptive society that relies on our own strengths and abilities to come up with solutions. We have committed to produce a better future through collaboration," he said.

The Coordinating Minister Luhut further said that as guardians of the vast ocean areas in the world, our commitments and actions today are important for the future of the world. The ocean regulates the climate, conserves enough carbon and provides a large amount of food sources for the world.

"We as island and archipelagic countries must ensure that we are the driving force to accelerate the sustainable use and protection of the world's oceans," said Coordinating Minister Luhut.

According to a release received by Voice of Indonesia on Monday, the series of discussions that have been carried out over the last four years have brought us to a critical point to form a more effective collaboration, he added. Much progress has been made and positive results have been produced, but there are also some challenges that we must overcome.

"Indonesia in this case facilitates meaningful discussions, cooperation and positive results and we have committed to continuing our modest contribution to creating an effective secretariat for the next five years and holding a meeting of leaders of AIS Forum participating countries as mandated in the second ministerial meeting, "explained the Coordinating Minister.

The AIS Forum is a space for bridging collaboration, strengthening coordination so that each country can strategically increase capacity, resilience and maximize the benefits they have for the good of the people, nation and global community.

“Despite the uniqueness that we have, I believe we have one goal. Let's mark this peaceful night as a good intention for our future collaboration," concluded Coordinating Minister Luhut//VOI

05
December

The 2022 Inclusion-Based Library Transformation Program - 

 

The Social Inclusion-Based Library Transformation Program (TPBIS) which is implemented in libraries at the provincial, district/city to village/kelurahan levels is considered effective and the benefits are felt by the community.

Implementation of the 2020-2021 TPBIS program provides benefits in an effort to improve people's welfare with a program effectiveness value of 4.09 on a scale of 1-5. The total benefits of this program in 2020-2021 will reach more than IDR 570 billion.

This program has been independently replicated in 18 districts/cities and 1,125 villages/kelurahans. This can be seen in the evaluation delivered at the National Peer Learning Meeting (PLM) for the 2022 Inclusion-Based Library Transformation Program which was held in Surabaya, East Java, on Monday (5/12/2022).

The TPBIS program has been run by the National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) with support from Bappenas RI since 2018. This program is a library service approach that is committed to improving the quality of life and welfare of library users in all provinces in Indonesia.

The Head of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, stated that the library's task is to educate and improve the welfare of the nation's children according to the mandate of the 1945 Constitution. The essence is to reduce marginalized communities. For this reason, libraries must transform from an exclusive paradigm to an inclusive one.

"This is the spirit of the spirit of library transformation," he added.

Indonesia, according to him, has abundant natural resources but has not been managed optimally. Therefore, people need to be equipped with innovation and creativity as well as digital accessibility to increase their knowledge.
“There is no use for libraries if people are still below the level of welfare. Don't let the library become an ivory tower," added the Head of National Library.

Welfare improvements can only be made if economic conditions are good, which is marked by an increase in per capita income and employment. One way to achieve prosperity is obtained by literacy skills.

Secretary to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Susiwijono Moegiarso, explained that the role of the library is very much needed in preparing excellent and competitive human resources in facing global challenges.

"Libraries based on social inclusion are expected to increase information literacy for the community and based on information and communication technology can improve the quality of life of the community, improve welfare and also encourage creativity and reduce various gaps in access to information," he said.

He hopes that the 2022 National PLM can give birth to many innovative and applicable ideas and ideas in presenting a more inclusive library.

Head of General Affairs and Human Resources Bureau, Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture, Khamim, said the Social Inclusion-Based Library program had encouraged the birth of micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) by the community around the library.

"Within the framework of the mental revolution policy, especially the Indonesia Mandiri MSMEs Movement, it is necessary to accommodate it in the form of cooperatives so that the spirit of mutual cooperation and togetherness will always be the pillar or basis of economic development," he said.

He requested that the TPBIS program continue to be expanded. “We need to push even harder to increase the participation of other villages. Therefore, budget support and collaboration across ministries/agencies are needed to expand the program," he added.

In the National PLM, National Library of Indonesia gives awards to libraries that have successfully implemented TPBIS, namely the Best Synergy Team for 2022 coming from the Provinces of South Sumatra, West Sumatra Province, and South Sulawesi Province.

The three best Regency/City Libraries in 2022 are the Singkawang City Library and Archives Service, West Kalimantan; Padang Panjang City Library and Archive Service, West Sumatra; and the Library and Archives Service of Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan.

The Best Village/Kelurahan Libraries for 2022 in implementing social inclusion-based library transformation are the Rambah Muda Village Library, Rokan Hulu Regency, Riau; Kariango Village Library, North Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi; Iloponu Village Library, Gorontalo District, Gorontalo//VOI

13
November

Global Blended Finance Alliance launch at G20 side event in Bali - 

 

The Indonesian government launched the "Global Blended Finance Alliance" at the Tri Hita Karana (THK) Sustainable Development Forum 2022 on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, ITDC area, Bali. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menko Marves), Luhut B. Pandjaitan said in his opening remarks that this launch would build capacity across the government, private sector, and philanthropy to make a better mix.

"This alliance will be based in Bali and we invite all parties to partner with us. We don't have time to give up if we want to open trillions of investments every year. We need to do this for our future generations," said Coordinating Minister Marves in his opening remarks.

The Coordinating Minister for Marves welcomed the THK Forum as a concrete action step to accelerate investment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "As co-host of the Tri Hita Karana Forum, the Government of Indonesia is proud to see that we have helped catalyze more than USD30 billion for projects and initiatives related to SDGs this year through blended finance solutions. This is three times what we did at the last THK Forum in 2018," added the Coordinating Minister for Marves.

But in addition, Indonesia is still experiencing financial gaps, especially in climate-related financing. Coordinating Minister Marves said during the 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFFC), developed countries have committed to the common goal of mobilizing USD 100 billion per year by 2020 for climate action in developing countries. In addition, around USD 3.3-4.5 trillion per year needs to be mobilized to achieve the 2030 SDGs Agenda.

"The Indonesian government has identified a fair and affordable transition from coal to clean energy as a national priority and has included an energy transition driven by sustainable financing mechanisms. In line with its global climate change mitigation goals, Indonesia has increased its NDC target by September 2022 and is committed to achieve net zero emissions by 2060 or sooner," said the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs.

According to a release received by Voice of Indonesia on Sunday (13/11/22), Indonesia is currently finalizing cooperation negotiations with the International Partners Group led by the United States-Japan for the Equitable Energy Transition Partnership program.

"We are ready to implement programs towards phased-down including early retirement of coal-fired power plants for significant greenhouse gas reductions for more ambitious NDC targets. I am proud of the work that has been done to finance the transition to a clean energy system. This will require international funding to move faster," explained the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs.

In addition, Indonesia has proven an increase in economic growth up 5.72 percent year-on-year in the third quarter. The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs expressed his pride at the existence of blended finance solutions for Indonesia's nature which is included as the first sustainable landscape bond in the world and a new fund for biodiversity.

"We've also developed carbon finance regulations because we have rainforests, peatlands, mangroves and coral reefs that are incredible and need protection and we need to find ways to pay for it. I was delighted to see so many business and financial leaders attend today's hearing "Right now a more sustainable world is the best way to encourage growth and build resilience to economic shocks," concluded the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs//VOI

13
November

The Tri Hita Karana Forum held a Side Event Ocean20 (O20): Rebuilding the Blue Natural Capital & Ecosystem Services - 

 

The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Kemenko Marves) together with the Tri Hita Karana Forum held a Side Event Ocean20 (O20): Rebuilding the Blue Natural Capital & Ecosystem Services on Sunday (13/11/2022). Through this activity it is hoped that it will generate discussions on Blue Natural Capital (BNC) to strengthen diplomacy in the maritime sector at the G20 Summit Presidency.

BNC is a natural capital found in coastal and marine environments, such as coral reefs, mangroves, seaweed, and seagrass beds. "United Nations for Environment or UNEP has identified that BNC is an important asset to support the economy through resources in the sea to be able to provide input for economic consumption and production," said Plt. Deputy for Coordination of Maritime Resources of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs M. Firman Hidayat.

Indonesia is committed to taking steps to protect, manage sustainably, and restore natural resources in the sea. "As the largest archipelagic country and large marine biodiversity, we are fully aware that the marine ecosystem in our country plays a key role in regulating the health and sustainability of the ocean," he said.

With the existence of BNC, the Indonesian government is currently developing ways to achieve a blue economy. Several marine related policies have been formulated and updated by the Indonesian government and other stakeholders. One of them is Presidential Regulation Number 34 of 2022 concerning the 2021-2025 Indonesian Maritime Policy Action Plan as a guideline for planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating policies in the marine and development sector. Indonesia is determined to create healthy and sustainable oceans by developing BNC.

According to a release received by Voice of Indonesia on Sunday (13/11/22), starting from efforts to protect the marine environment, marine spatial planning policies have become the main reference for economic development and environmental preservation. "The Indonesian government is keeping a commitment to expanding marine protected areas to 32.5 million hectares by 2030. Apart from that, a mangrove rehabilitation program is also being pursued in Indonesia," explained Plt. Deputy Word.

Previously, a workshop on Coral Reef and Blue Natural Capital was held as an activity towards Ocean20 last August and resulted in the conclusion that BNC can be rebuilt before damage occurs in the future. This can be done with cooperation between all parties, to produce a strong and solid strategy. "It is hoped that through today's activities, we can produce concrete policy recommendations regarding the BNC and strengthen maritime-related diplomacy at the G20 Summit. I hope that through this meeting we can also discuss current policies," he said.

To strengthen the discussion at this activity, there were six speakers who expressed their views on BNC and what could be done to produce policy recommendations related to the sustainability of the marine economy and at the same time protecting these resources. The speakers consisted of Director of the Ocean World Economic Forum Kristian Telaki, chairman of the Indonesian Coral and Ornamental Fish Association Dirga Singkarru, Head of the Research Center for Oceanography of BRIN Udhi Eko Hernawan, and chairman of the Conservation Strategy Fund Mubariq Ahmad.

"Finally, I hope that through this activity we can promote the interests of the BNC. I invite all of us to collaborate starting today to reaffirm our commitment to creating a more sustainable and better future,” concluded Plt. Deputy Word//VOI

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