Posted by: Hendra Siry | 7 October, 2009

Press Release DNPI: Strengthening the Full Support for Furtherance of the Oceans Dimension in the UNFCCC Negotiation

Bangkok, Thailand, 7 October 2009 – Indonesia Delegation hosted an informal consultation on oceans and climate change with countries that jointly submitted proposals on ocean dimensions in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiation text last night (6/10) in Bangkok. “We need to work together with these countries and other all Parties for improving better understanding on the role of oceans on climate change and vice-versa in the process of the UNFCCC as well as to discuss ways forward in promoting oceans dimensions into negotiation texts of the UNFCCC” said Mr. Eddy Pratomo, Indonesian Ambassador to Germany, a senior adviser for the Indonesian delegation as host of the event.

Ambassador Pratomo highlighted the importance of joint proposal submitted by thirteen countries for consideration of parties during Bonn Climate Talks last June 2009, in raising awareness of the Parties on the urgency for the inclusion of ocean consideration within the adaptation framework to address adverse impact of climate change. He reminded the delegations to pay close attention to the elements of ocean in the streamlining process of the text negotiation which is now being undertaken. “Close coordination among the original co-sponsor is important since the elements of oceans are to be found in various sections of the texts: Shared Vision, Adaptation, Transfer Technology and Capacity Building”. He further reminded delegations to work together in ensuring the inclusion of ocean elements into the final decisions of COP-15 UNFCCC in Copenhagen to be held at the end of this year.

Under the Indonesian leadership, a joint submission on oceans and climate change has been tabled by thirteen countries: Indonesia; Colombia; Marshall Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; the Philippines; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor Leste; USA; Venezuela and Viet Nam.

The proponents of the joint submission consented that the ocean dimensions should be further echoed since ocean and its related ecosystems have multi-functionality for human health, food security and ecological resilience. “Oceans play a major role in determining the world climate system, and now it is time to mainstream ocean issues in the negotiations towards the Copenhagen climate deal” says Mr. Anang Noegroho, Deputy Director General of Capture Fisheries, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and as member of Indonesia Delegation.  The representatives of the countries attended the informal consultation expressed their willingness to work together with Indonesia to keep maintaining paragraphs on ocean dimension in Barcelona Climate Talks in November 2009 and in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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For more information, please contact:

– Tri Tharyat, Chair Working Group of Post Kyoto – 2012, National Council on Climate Change

Cells. +62 813 190 288 99, e-Mail: tri_tharyat@yahoo.com

– Hendra Yusran Siry, Coastal Zone Management Specialist, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries

Cell. +62 812 914 3536, hendrasiry@gmail.com

About National Council on Climate Change (DNPI)

In July 2008, The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued Decree #46/2008, establishing the Dewan Nasional Perubahan Iklim (DNPI) or National Council on Climate Change (NCCC).


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