THE INDONESIAN DELEGATION
AT THE HIGH-LEVEL MEETING ON
ADDRESSING DESERTIFICATION, LAND DEGRADATION AND DROUGHT IN THE CONTEXT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY ERADICATION
NEW YORK, 20 SEPTEMBER 2011
Let me first congratulate Co-chairs on your election to preside over this important meeting.
We are here to address one of most serious environmental challenges of our time.
The challenge of desertification, land degradation and drought can reverse all the gains of sustainable development. It hampers our efforts at alleviating poverty.
It severely impacts on the livelihood and lives of people. It decimates biodiversities and worsens climate change.
The drought in the Horn of Africa, the worst in 60 years, is a grim example of the humanitarian tragedy it can inflict.
We must take bold and concerted action to address this challenge. Concrete and quantified action with specific time lines.
Action at all levels: national, regional and global. And all of us must be involved: governments, private sectors, and civil society.
And in every nation, there must be firm commitment to address this challenge at the highest political level. There must be national awareness of this challenge.
Measures to address it must be mainstreamed into the national development plan.
Indonesia under the leadership of President Yudhoyono is carrying out a national programme to rehabilitate degraded land. We are pursuing a National Movement on Forest and Land Rehabilitation. We are practicing community-based forest management.
President Yudhoyono has personally led a nation-wide campaign to plant “One Billion Trees for the World”.
He has issued a decree suspending all permits to exploit primary forest and peat lands for two years. He has also taken vigorous measures to improve forest management.
We are pursuing a Green economic development vision.
At the same time, measures should also be taken at the regional level to address desertification, land degradation and drought. These measures should be part of the development agenda of regional organizations.
At the global level, a ten-year strategy has been established to combat desertification.
But since the strategy was adopted three years ago, implementation has lagged behind. We must redouble our efforts to implement it in the next seven years.
The challenge before us is multifaceted, interlinked with others and complex. It defies national solutions. It demands international cooperation.
Bold national actions must be supported by the international community. The developed and developing world must work in concert. Partnership is imperative.
If we succeed in addressing the challenge of desertification, we can prevent another food crisis and soften the impact of climate change.
We will also deliver a better life for all our peoples.
I thank you.
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