Delivered by Ambassador Soehardjono Sastromihardjo, Head of Delegation of the Republic of Indonesia
H.E. Dr. Edgar Gutierrez, President of the UN Environment Assembly,
Excellencies Ministers, Heads of Delegation,
Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the government and people of Kenya for hosting this event, and to the secretariat of UNEP for its excellent organization of UNEA-3.
UNEA should send a strong message to the world that a pollution free planet is possible and will greatly contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. So, unity is a must!
Indeed, collaboration, inclusiveness, and stakeholder participation are keys to the successful elimination of pollution and the achievement of SDG’s.
Related to SDG’s 6, Indonesia has improved our water quality. We have our industrial water efficiency around 492 million metric tons, reduced pollution discharge to 535 million metric tons, and 62% improvement on sanitation access in 2016. Indonesia continues to further reduce 90% domestic waste water load to attain water quality improvement in 2030.
Since 2015, in ensuring the health of the ocean related to SDG’s 14, Indonesia has been regarded as one, if not the only, world champion in combating IUU fishing practices. On Coral Reefs Management, Indonesia consistently continues its efforts to protect and conserve coral reefs, among others by notably involving local communities, private sectors, and the young generation to replant the coral reefs. Let us put our spirits together to actualize our GPA (Global Programme of Action) through IGR-4 (4th Intergovernmental Review) and GLOC-3 (3rd Global Conference on Land and Ocean Connection), as well as through the 4th OCC (4th Our Ocean Conference) which will take place in Indonesia next year.
Indonesia continues to take lead in reducing marine litter, nutrient pollution mitigation, and chemicals. We also implement sustainable solid waste management by adopting circular economy. Indonesia has set up a base line status to commit to reducing 70% of marine litter by 2025, reducing 30% and handling 70% of domestic solid waste, and have also ratified the Minamata Convention.
Indonesia is improving air quality by revising the national ambient standard. Since April 2017 Indonesia has been implementing vehicles emission standards equal to Euro 4. It will reduce 60% of sulphur in urban areas by 2050. On haze pollution, we have succeeded in reducing haze which affects neighbouring countries down to zero day in 2017, as compared to 24 days in 2015. This achievement has been acknowledged by Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuching, Malaysia, on November 22, 2017.
Furthermore, Indonesia has successfully managed its peat lands by restoring 680,000 hectares of peat lands from our target of 2 million hectares by 2020. Thus, it will contribute to the accomplishment of our NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) to reduce 29% of carbon emission in 2030 by our own efforts.
While maintaining a common but differentiated responsibility principle towards a pollution-free planet, a strengthened international cooperation and global partnership in reducing and eliminating global pollution is indeed required. In this regard, Indonesia stands ready to assist other developing countries through South-South and Triangular Cooperation in agriculture, forestry, and coastal area management.
To conclude, I would like to remind us all that our action today will be judged by our future generation. So, “Let us unite to make our planet pollution free”.