Marrakech, Bureau of Public Relations of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Thursday, November 10, 2016: Indonesia reiterated its contribution in increasing the capacity of the climate change in developing countries through its membership in the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB).
Entering the fourth day of the COP 22 Climate Change in Marrakesh, the interests of Indonesia in the negotiation of capacity builing for developing countries was delivered. Indonesia was unanimously appointed by the Asia Pacific group party, comprising 55 countries, to become one of two representatives from Asia-Pacific, along with China, in the PCCB membership.
“PCCB is very strategic for Indonesia and other developing countries towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” said the Director General of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Nur Masripatin during her tight schedule on COP 22.
Nur Masripatin, as the Indonesia National Focal Point for climate change Indonesia, stated that Indonesia’s membership in PCCB provides an opportunity to echo the interests of developing countries, particularly Asia Pacific and Indonesia, in terms of needs and gaps on capacity building programs for the climate change control. The need to increasing the capacity and funding support has become attention of developing countries from time to time.
Indonesia is considered to represent the Asia-Pacific as Indonesia has sufficient capacity. Furthermore, Indonesia also has a long experience in mitigation and adaptation of climate change. Nur Masripatin stressed the importance of having sufficient capacity in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. “Without sufficient capacity, it is difficult for developing countries to meet the target contribution of greenhouse gas emission reduction,” she said.
Furthermore, Hari Prabowo, the Negotiation Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, explained that by obtaining the full support from the Asia-Pacific group party, the next process is the formal endorsement by the 12 Member PCCB during the Plenary Session of COP 22 next week. After the endorsement, legally and effectively Indonesia will start its term in PCCB.
Achmad Gunawan, as one of the lead negotiator from the Indonesian delegates, asserted that Indonesia requested the first PCCB meeting in Bonn in 2017 to focus on the formulation of Annual Workplan until 2020. In the second year, Indonesia advised to focus on the aspect of “vulnerability” and stressed the importance of existing cooperation between PCCB with the Committee of Loss and Damage. Gunawan further stated that the organization Global Climate Fund and the Global Environment Fund as observers should be present at the first meeting PCCB to find financial support to priority programs.
The Membership of PCCB consists 12 representatives from five Regional Group (Asia Pacific, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Europe and other countries, where each Regional Group gained 2 seats), plus one seat for a representative from Least Developed Countries (LDC) and 1 seat for Small Island Developing States.