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UK will donate 100 million surplus coronavirus vaccine doses to the world within the next year - 

The UK will donate 100 million surplus coronavirus vaccine doses to the world within the next year, the UK Prime Minister has announced today (Friday). 

The pledge comes ahead of the G7 Summit, which begins in Cornwall today. Last week the UK Prime Minister asked fellow G7 leaders to help vaccinate the entire world by the end of next year. 

At the Summit world leaders are expected to announce they will provide at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to the world through dose sharing and financing and set out a plan to expand vaccine manufacturing in order to achieve that goal. 

The UK will donate 5 million doses by the end of September, beginning in the coming weeks, primarily for use in the world’s poorest countries.

The Prime Minister has also committed to donating a further 95 million doses within the next year, including 25 million more by the end of 2021. 80% of the 100m doses will go to COVAX and the remainder will be shared bilaterally with countries in need. 

By sharing 5 million doses in the coming weeks the UK will meet an immediate demand for vaccines for the countries worst affected by coronavirus without delaying completion of our initial domestic vaccination programme.

By vaccinating more people around the world not only will we help bring an end to the global coronavirus pandemic, we will reduce the risk to people in the UK. This includes significantly reducing the threat posed by vaccine-resistant variants emerging in areas with large-scale outbreaks. 

The UK helped to establish COVAX last year and is its fourth biggest donor, pledging £548m to the scheme. COVAX has so far provided 81 million doses to 129 of the world’s poorest countries. 96% of these were the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the development of which was funded by the UK.  

With the support of the UK Government, Oxford-AstraZeneca are distributing their vaccines on a not for profit basis the world. Thanks to this commitment, half a billion people have received a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca so far. 

Uk Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Since the start of this pandemic the UK has led the way in efforts to protect humanity against this deadly disease. Over a year ago we funded the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on the basis it would be distributed at cost to the world. 

This unprecedented model, which puts people squarely above profit, means over half a billion doses have been administered in 160 countries so far. 

“As a result of the success of the UK’s vaccine programme we are now in a position to share some of our surplus doses with those who need them. In doing so we will take a massive step towards beating this pandemic for good. 

“At the G7 Summit I hope my fellow leaders will make similar pledges so that, together, we can vaccinate the world by the end of next year and build back better from coronavirus.”

At the G7 leaders will also discuss how to expand the supply of vaccines internationally, with the UK Prime Minister asking the group to encourage pharmaceutical companies to adopt the Oxford-AstraZeneca model of providing vaccines of cost for the duration of the pandemic. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have already pledged to share 1.3 billion doses on a non-profit basis with developing countries. 

Leaders are expected to discuss additional ways to support countries experiencing acute coronavirus emergencies and put in place mechanisms to prevent future pandemics. This follows on from commitments made at the virtual meeting of G7 leaders earlier this year. 

The cost of donating the UK’s surpluses will be classified as ODA. This will be in addition to the £10bn already committed in aid this year. 

The doses the UK has announced it will donate today will be drawn from the UK’s expected excess supply. The 100 million figure has been calculated based on the total needed to vaccinate the UK population, factoring in the possibility of future vaccine-resistant strains being detected and potential disruptions to our supply. 

Later this year the UK will also host the UN climate change conference, COP26. Today the UK is also announcing that in order to enable more representatives to attend safely they will work to provide vaccines to those accredited delegations who would be unable to get them otherwise. They are exploring with the UN and partners how they can work together to deliver this offer.

This will mean that those countries most affected by climate change are better able to participate fully in discussions about creating a greener future for the planet//Release - VOI


International Mask Festival Exploring Togetherness in Diversity - 



Different from previous years, the International Mask Festival (IMF) is an annual international mask festival in the City of Solo which is held in a hybrid manner, namely online and offline. The event which has been held since 2014 tries to explore the spirit of the power of togetherness in diversity.

Deputy for Tourism Products and Event Organizers, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Rizki Handayani said IMF 2021 as a performing arts event to explore the wealth of mask art in Indonesia by involving mask artists from abroad in a spectacular stage and not to miss this activity can make mask art as a means to establish cultural relations between nations.

"The IMF is expected not only to attract local and foreign tourists, but to create a spirit of love, preserving and developing masks as cultural heritage and not to be left behind as a cultural event to establish and enhance diplomatic relations between the city of Solo and other cities in Indonesia as well as between Indonesia and the United States. other countries," Rizki said in his written statement.

He also added that the uniqueness of the 2021 IMF, apart from being held in a hybrid manner, was the sale of Indonesian MSME creative products, mask dance competitions through the TikTok application and quizzes and it was hoped that there would be direct interaction between the organizers and the audience.

"IMF 2020, which was held virtually, got more than 10,000 viewers for two days. It is hoped that the 2021 IMF will reach 20,000 viewers," said Rizki.

Meanwhile, IMF 2021 Chief Executive, Mimi Zulaikha explained, IMF 2021 will be held in a hybrid manner, namely online and offline. For offline activities, the Indonesian delegation will perform live and watched by a limited audience at Ndalem Purwohamijayan, Solo. And for online events, Indonesian and foreign delegates display their works through video performances.

"Both types of shows will be broadcast live streaming on the SIPA Festival YouTube channel on Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, 2021 starting at 15.00 WIB. IMF 2021 begins with showing videos of performances by Indonesian and foreign delegates who cannot attend the venue. Live performances Indonesian delegation with limited audience starts at 19.30 WIB," he said.

The Ministry of Tourism and Economy appreciates the implementation of the 2021 Indonesia Mask Festival, which can be said to be unique because it is a personalized, special interest thematic event but is presented with an Entertainment concept that can be enjoyed by a wide audience. Thus, despite regulating the movement of tourists with a strict CHSE (Cleanliness, Healthy, Safety and Environment Sustainability) protocol, this event is still able to drive the creative economy broadly.

This is in accordance with the direction of the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Sandiaga Uno) so that in carrying out the event, the content must be localized, personalized, customized, and smaller in size. Localize, raise local potential, be authentic and provide benefits to local communities. Second, Personalize, give an impression. Third, Customize, where the target audience and specifications must be clear. Lastly, Smaller in Size, a form of limited activity, hybrid and strengthened awareness campaigns.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, said that in the implementation of the event there are three other things that must be considered. First, Relevant. The theme must be related to current conditions, such as the issue of health care. Second, Digitalize. It is digital with the latest technology and is close to millennials. Third, Sustainable. Must pay attention to environmental, cultural and economic sustainability//Release - VOI


G7 Agrees to champion the global ‘30x30’ target to conserve or protect 30% of Oceans & Land by 2030 - 

Oceans cover over 70% of our planet and produce at least 50% of our planets oxygen. Unfortunately, climate change, overfishing, plastic pollution and more is challenging this incredible natural resource. Globally – 50% of coral reefs have already been destroyed, 90% of big fish populations depleted.

The global ‘30x30’ target is to conserve or protect at least 30% of the world’s land and at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030. In a successful meeting of the G7 Climate and Environment ministers at the end of last week, all members agreed to champion the ‘30by30’ target, and committed to delivering ‘30x30’ domestically.

On World Ocean Day yesterday (8th June 2021), countries from all four corners of the world - from India to Guyana, South Korea to Austria have pledged to support the ‘30by30’ commitment which is being championed by the UK-led Global Ocean Alliance and the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, co-chaired by the UK, Costa Rica and France.

UK Environment Secretary, George Eustice, said that 

“The UK is a global leader in marine protection, and we are leading the way internationally to deliver healthy and sustainable seas. We must strike a balance in supporting sustainable industries while increasing protections for our seas to ensure a healthy, resilient and diverse marine ecosystem and we will work with others as we develop future protections.” 

The UK has also launched plans to increase protections for England’s waters through a pilot scheme to designate marine sites in England as “Highly Protected Marine Areas”.

The selected sites would see a ban on all activities that could have a damaging effect on wildlife or marine habitats. A scientific review found that Highly Protected Marine Areas play an important role in helping the wider marine ecosystem recover.

Blue Planet and the ‘Attenborough effect’, ‘Seaspiracy’ and more have had a powerful effect on how people worldwide feel about oceans. The results of the largest ever survey in England and Wales on public attitudes to our oceans found that 85% of people consider marine protection personally important to them.

Of those who had visited our coastlines last year, 80% said it was good for their physical health and 84% said it was good for their mental health.

The findings also show that when asked about the greatest threats to the marine environment, participants were most concerned about pollution, with overfishing, climate change and loss of marine habitats also ranking highly.

The UK has also further advanced its role as a global leader in ocean protection by moving to full membership of the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA). 

The Alliance brings together the financial sector, governments, non-profit organisations to pioneer innovative ways of driving investment into critical ecosystems like reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, wetlands and beaches that provide the nature-based-solutions to build resilience against climate change. 

Meanwhile, Owen Jenkins, British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste said that 

Indonesia has incredible marine and ocean life, and the highest coral reef fish diversity of the world. About 54% of Indonesia's animal protein supply comes from fish and seafood. And Indonesia supplies about 10% of global marine commodities. Millions of Indonesians rely on the ocean for food, livelihoods and pleasure.

Indonesia has demonstrated leadership on marine issues, for example by hosting the Our Oceans conference in 2018, and by creating the Archipelagic and Island States Forum, of which the UK is proud to be a member. That work has shown the difference Indonesia makes when it brings that leadership, knowledge, expertise and experience to the table in these global discussions. I would love them to do the same and consider signing up to the ‘30by30’ global pledge. Looking after our vital ocean resources will mean they are made safe for future generations to enjoy//Release - VOI


Condition of People's Shipping Sea Transportation - 



The government through the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Kemenko Marves) represented by the Assistant Deputy (Asdep) for Infrastructure and Transportation, the Deputy for Infrastructure and Transportation Coordination discussed the Action Plan for Empowerment of People's Sea Transportation on Friday (11-06-2021).

The discussion in the form of a coordination meeting was attended by people's shipping actors (pelra) from the Jakarta People's Shipping Center of Representatives (DPP), the East Java Regional Representative Council, the Branch Leadership Council (DPC) of the Tanjung Pinang Pelra Company Association, the Surabaya Pelra DPC, the Pelra DPC. Bima, and DPC Pelra Makassar.

In the coordination meeting, they complained that the main obstacle faced by Pelra was the lack of policies and regulations that favored Pelra, making it difficult for them to develop.

The development of people's shipping (pelra) serves to fill the needs of non-container sea transportation, pioneering fleets, and Indonesian-flagged traditional trading fleets. Pelra can not only reach remote areas, but also reduce price disparities by supporting the Sea Highway program.

One of the regulations that will be made to support Pelra is in the form of a Presidential Regulation (Perpres).

"Hopefully, with the enactment of the Presidential Regulation on Empowerment of People's Shipping Sea Transportation, later we can increase shipping for the national interest," said Deputy Assistant Secretary Rusli Rahim in an online coordination meeting.

The Presidential Regulation was made with the aim of empowering the people's economy in small and medium scale businesses, increasing the resilience of connectivity and services to inland areas and/or waters, preserving the nation's cultural heritage, and supporting the program for implementing public service obligations for the transportation of goods and passengers at sea by considering safety. and security, as well as the capability and capacity of the pelra ship.

This empowerment will also include developing human resources, fleets, building ship terminals, increasing business management capacity, and maximizing the availability of pelra shiploads.

"We hope that this Presidential Regulation can strengthen the Pelra and resolve the problems that we have been facing in the field," said Sudirman Abdullah as Chairman of the DPP Pelayaran Rakyat Jakarta on the same occasion.

The things that he meant include the lack of counterloading, the limited amount of capital for the development of pelra and facilities, the lack of educational and training opportunities for crew members (ABK) as well as people's shipping actors, as well as unclear regulations related to pelra.

Closing the coordination meeting, Asdep Rusli said that while waiting for the Presidential Decree to be signed, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries would in parallel coordinate the preparation of an action plan for the empowerment of sea transport for Pelra with other ministries/agencies that would later become a common reference. All parties present at the meeting also hoped that this Presidential Regulation could spearhead the development of pelra in the future//Release - VOI