Indonesia eyes post on UN green fund board

Source :  The Jakarta Post

By Adianto P. Simamora

April 14 2011

Indonesia dropped its candidacy from the committee on green climate funds to target a higher funding board post that would have final say on eligible climate fund recipients.

Indonesia withdrew the candidacy of Edy Pratomo, the Indonesian Ambassador to Germany, from the list of nominees at recent climate-change talks in Bangkok.

It paved way for the Philippines and Singapore to win the committee seats and represent ASEAN.

“In return, the countries in ASEAN pledged to support Indonesia to sit on the green climate fund board to represent the region,” Presidential special envoy on climate change Rachmat Witoelar told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He said that Indonesia had proposed that the elected committee members allot more of the climate fund for adaptation.

The so-called transitional committee on the green climate fund will work to prepare policies needed to disburse climate funds.

Wealthy nations have pledged to provide US$100 billion by 2020 for green climate funds to help vulnerable nations deal with climate change.

Presidential special climate change staff Agus Purnomo said the committee would submit its work to the UN conference of parties (COP) in South Africa by the year’s end, prior to the establishment of the green funds board.

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