Jakarta Becomes Host of Southeast Asian Climate Change Action

Anies Baswedan and 5 representatives of Southeast Asian countries commit together with the climate change action (doc: DKI Jakarta Provincial Government)

Jakarta, MINA – Governor of DKI Jakarta, Anies Baswedan and government representatives from five major cities of Southeast Asia directly launched a joint commitment to take action in climate change.

Jakarta (Indonesia), Hanoi (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Quezon City (Philippines) announced a joint commitment to fulfill Paris Agreement at the C40 Southeast Asian Regional Academy at City Hall Jakarta, on Tuesday, June 18.

“This opportunity is a matter of pride for me and DKI Jakarta to host this important activity,” Anies said in his speech.

The five cities joined together with more than 70 other cities under the auspices of C40 officially launching the C40 Climate Action Planning program for Southeast Asia Region.

Anies also outlined several challenges faced by DKI Jakarta related to environmental issues to be discussed together and looking for the best alternative solutions from various parts of the world.

Some of these environmental issues, including greenhouse gas emissions, the transition from private vehicles to public transportation, land subsidence, and overflow of water originating from upstream, because Jakarta is the estuary of 13 tributaries to Java Sea.

“Our challenge today is how to ensure economic development in Jakarta, in line with ecology. Because in the past, economics and ecology apparently worked together, “he said.

Jakarta now, according to Anies, is committed to not only focusing on the economy, but also in ecology. Therefore, the meeting was very important for the capital city to exchange ideas.

Some of these commitments include the target to operate the first 100 electric buses in the second half of 2020 and another 1,600 units in 2021, renovating 1,000 schools with the addition of solar panels in 2022 later.

Anies also emphasized his commitment in policy and fiscal preparation related to environmental issues in Jakarta Provincial Government. Therefore, he hope that the meeting between cities in Southeast Asia conducted in Jakarta could bring positive environmental changes to be applied in each region, especially Jakarta. (T/Sj/p2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)