H .E. DR. SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO
PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
AT A PRESS CONFERENCE
AFTER THE HIGH-LEVEL EVENT ON
NEW YORK, 24 SEPTEMBER 2007
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press:
I am pleased to tell you that we have just concluded a successful High-level Event on Climate Change today. Thus one more important step has been taken toward the holding of the Bali Conference in December this year.
A great many people are looking forward to that Conference and are anticipating its results. There is today a great deal of public awareness of the reality of climate change and the devastation that it can bring if nothing is done about it. There is an urgent and widespread public demand for vigorous and concerted action to achieve long- term climate stability. They expect that the Bali Conference will provide the roadmap for such action.
The High-level event has served to rally political will and determination among world leaders to carry out measures to address climate change and intensify preparations for the Bali Conference.
Indonesia is truly honoured to serve as host to the Bali Conference, which consists of the 13th session of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC and the third session of the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. This promises to be one of the most important global gatherings of our time.
It will bring together representatives of more than 180 countries with observers from
intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations as well as the mass media. I look forward to welcoming all of them and you to Indonesia.
We are aiming for ambitious but realizable goals with regard to such issues as mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer and financing. I particularly expect a successful outcome on the issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation in developing countries: there must be sufficient incentives for developing countries to undertake such difficult and costly measures as reforestation, a forestation and avoidance of deforestation.
The developed countries, on the other hand, must strive to significantly reduce the carbon emissions they bring about through unsustainable economic activities. They must also provide resources, environmentally sound technology and necessary financial support for all measures toward climate stability.
I therefore wish to thank the Secretary-General for convening this important event and to convey my gratitude to world leaders and their representatives who actively participated in the deliberations today. All of them have sown the seeds of a successful Bali Conference.
Today we are looking forward to Bali. In Bali we will look forward to a future with greater hope.
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