President Jokowi Attends the Opening of UNFCCC COP 21

By Alfurkon Setiawan
Date 30 November 2015
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President Joko Widodo was welcomed by the President of France François Hollande and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when entering the arena of UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris on Monday (30/11) morning. (Pictures: Rusman/Secretariat of the President)

President Joko Widodo started his activities in Climate Change Summit “UNFCCC COP 21”(United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties 21) at Parc Des Expositions Du Bourget, Paris, France, on Monday (30/11), at 9.20 a.m. local time.

The presence of President Joko Widodo and other world leaders was directly welcomed by the President of France François Hollande and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as well as the Executive Secretary of UNFCCC Christiana Figueres.

Cold air of the winter did not discourage 147 world leaders to attend the conference. President Joko Widodo arrived at the location before the arrival of the President of Afghanistan and after the Prime Minister of Sweden.

Presidential Communication Team Ari Dwipayana reported, after shaking hands and having a conversation, the President entered the VIP Lounge while waiting for the arrival of other world leaders.

Indonesia’s Support

Previously, in his press release on Monday (30/11) morning, Ari Dwipayana said that President Joko Widodo will deliver a statement at Leaders Event.

 “On that session, the President will convey Indonesia’s full support for the success of COP 21 as well as moral support for France after the recent terrorism attack,” Ari said.

In addition, President Joko Widodo will also deliver Indonesia’s contribution to climate change issue, particularly in encouraging full realization of the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibility. This is important so that developing countries can contribute more to climate change issue.

“We give political support, same with the previous conference, as well as commitment, because we have 17,000 islands. We must think what would happen if the sea level rises,” the President said at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, on Sunday (29/11) morning, before heading to Paris, France.

On the sidelines of the conference, according to Ari Dwipayana, President Joko Widodo will have bilateral meetings with the President of Serbia Tomislav Nikoli?, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte, and President of Peru Ollanta M. Humala Tasso.

Moreover, the President is also scheduled to attend Forest Event initiated by Norway, England and Peru and to attend Mission Innovation Event. (MMB/YM/Naster)

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