KEMENTERIAN LINGKUNGAN HIDUP

REPUBLIK INDONESIA

Pidato Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Pada Pembukaan Pertemuan Tingkat Tinggi UNFCCC

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY

DR. SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

AT THE

HIGH LEVEL PLENARY SESSION OF THE 13TH COP/ 3RD CMP
UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

 

BALI, INDONESIA, 12 DECEMBER 2007

Bismillahirahmanarrihim
Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

His Excellency Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon,
His Excellency Heads of State and Head of Government, 
Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear friends,

Let me begin by expressing our heartfelt condolences for the horrible terrorist attack that claimed the lives of UN officials in Algiers yesterday.  We pray for the innocent victims and our deepest sympathies go to the families they left behind. 

On that sad note, I am pleased to welcome all of you to this historic gathering here in Bali, Indonesia.

I have two congratulations to make.  First, to the IPCC and Al Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize this year.  Let’s give them a big hand !  Well done ! 

My second congratulations go to the Government of Australia for its speedy ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.  To Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, I say to you : Welcome aboard, mate !

We are gathered here to fulfil the hopes of over 6 billion people living on our planet.  But we also gather here on behalf of the nine billion people, my great great grandchildren and yours, who are projected to inhabit our planet by the year 2050.  Whether they will live in a world 2 degrees Celsius warmer, or catastrophically, 5 degrees Celsius hotter, will very much depend on what we decide to do here in Bali.

I am very much heartened that we are having a great, energetic gathering here in Bali. Our delegates are working until the late hour of the night.  Women, NGOs, religious leaders are all taking part in over 800 side-events.  There is a high spirit of cooperation here in Bali.

People say that climate change is an extremely complex issue, with all sorts of hard-to-remember acronyms, technical jargons and intricate mechanisms.  But the plain truth is that there IS a very simple formula to resolve it : LESS EMISSIONS, MORE SINKS !  Our challenge is how to translate this simple formula into a complex yet ambitious architecture of global cooperation on climate change.

The Kyoto Protocol was a good start.  But this is still way below the 25 – 40% benchmark required to stabilize world average temperature. The Kyoto Protocol also did not adequately address the issue of sustainable forestry in developing countries–our indispensable carbon sinks.   Thus, ten years after Kyoto, the world has seen neither reduced emissions, nor more carbon sinks.  This is not acceptable, and we must urgent
ly reverse this trend!

We are not here to trade stories about the danger of global warming.  We are not here to assign blame. 

But we ARE here to chart a new course, to formulate a clear path towards a more comprehensive framework on climate change under the UNFCCC.

The world community has accepted, since the groundbreaking Rio Summit 15 years ago, the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities