Source : Viva News
April 26, 2011
By Renne R.A Kawilarang
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, will pay a three-day visit to Indonesia – starting on Wednesday – to highlight Indonesia’s development agenda over the next five years, with particular attention to its major initiatives and reforms to address environmental concerns.
“High level meetings in the capital and site visits to Central Kalimantan will also focus on critical issues such as climate change, decentralization and growth with social equity,” said UNDP in its statement to VIVAnews.
The trip to Kalimantan on her first day in Indonesia will include talks with local officials and a discussion with communities on their needs and involvement in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) projects. The Governments of Norway and Indonesia signed a letter of Intent for more than $1 billion in grant funding to be provided to support the protection of Indonesia’s forests. Kalimantan was chosen as the pilot province for the national REDD plan.
Clark, the former New Zealand Prime Minister, will meet with senior officials in Jakarta to discuss a range of topics around Indonesia’s national priority concerns, and UNDP’s continued role in supporting the country in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and accelerating development in disadvantaged regions.
The meetings will include talks with Armida Alisjahbana, Minister of the National Development Planning Agency, and Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Chairman for UKP4 and Chairman of the REDD+ Task Force, among others. Clark will also deliver a keynote address to the Business for Environment Forum, which is a conference that will explore ways for the private sector to provide solutions and services for a clean economy and low carbon future. A Youth Dialogue with Indonesian students will explore ways that young people can promote and maintain environmental sustainability.
She will also visit a UNDP-supported project of a local community organization, Mitra Sehati, in West Bekasi that provides civic and voter education to marginalized groups, including female sex workers. The Administrator travels to Turkmenistan after her trip to Indonesia.