Dear President Joe Biden and all the World Leaders,
Yesterday, 21st April 2021, The Thamrin School Summit: Indonesia Civil Society View on Climate Crisis is held -with representatives from 40 organizations and individuals attended and presented their views. On behalf of the attendees, we would like to congratulate President Joe Biden and the other World Leaders for convening the Leader Summit on Climate. It is in our view that the meeting is timely and crucial in ensuring the global and consolidated efforts as stipulated in Paris Agreement five years ago.
Some of us had witnessed to the World Leaders agreed to cut global emission to 45% below 2010 emission level by 2030. Nine years from now, nine years to save the Earth and its inhibitants. As we look at various reports from numbers of credible institutions, such as UNEP and IPCC, the windows to reach on average global temperature below 1.5 to 2 degree Celcius is getting smaller and smaller. Without Political Will and Ability to take ambitious target from leaders around the world, the future that we were visioning in Paris COP would only be an empty dream.
The year of 2030 and 2050 are critical milestones that we set ourselves. It is milestone for each and every country to secure their contributions to global target, according to the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and fair share. It is milestone for every international institutions and multilateral partnerships to come up with ideas and solutions for numbers of adequate financing and capacity development to support the global goal. Particularly for ensuring support for developing and vulnerable countries, whom at the moment are suffering from COVID-19 pandemic and at the greater risks to face disasterous impact of climate change in the near future.
We think the President Joe Biden’s proposal to the World Leaders in establishing global low-emission, sustainable, inclusive and just development pathway is a very well-timing. To reach the future that free from climate crisis, a clear transformation path is greatly needed. Stakeholders aspirations, in particular from major emitted countries that at the sametime will face significant negative impacts of climate change, including Indonesia, should be highly considered in the decision making process that the world leaders would take to reach global goals. Transparency and accountability are critical to ensure that the selected strategies are implementable, fair and inclusive.
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The COVID-19 crisis that countries facing is a great example that any government efforts should hand in hand with the key stakeholders (both national and sub-national) in decision-making process. Every macroeconomics policy narrative would not reach its purposes without a clear translation into systematic and structural planning, with consideration to every unique characteristic that each region has. Transformational intervention is essential in developing strategic framework to ensure coherence and consolidated National Determined Contribution (NDC) targets, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures, complimented by adequate climate finance.
Vulnerable groups (as stipulated in Paris Agreement) are playing pivotal role to any decision made by Leaders to ensure transformational intervention. These groups, including but not limited to: children and future generations, women, indigenous people, people with disabilities, poor communities, and elderly, that are indicated as those with relatively low climate resilience, are predicted to be the most impacted group.
The groups’ voices, albeit loud but unheard of by many decision-makers, are major element of a successful low-emission, sustainable, inclusive, and equitable development planning and implementation. Their voices are major element of a successful low-emission, sustainable, inclusive and equitable development planning and implementation. Their voices should no longer be considered voiceless. It is highly important to take their considerations, strengthen their capacities and socio-economic access and take the necessary adaption steps to prepare for climate crisis. This includes the potential of environmental migration, climate refugees, compromising health and disruption to children’s educations.
COVID-19 pandemic shows us that crisis cannot be overcome by clustering problem and solution and working in silo. To achieve the ambitious goal that we set ourselves will require collaboration and inclusiveness. In short, every ambitious goal can be achieved when no one is left behind.
Yesterday, during the Thamrin School Climate Crisis Summit, community leaders, scientists, practitioners, planners, development specialist, environmental defenders, health experts, elderly, disability groups, students, journalists, young leaders, and many others in Indonesia have shared their aspirations and delivered key takeaways on how we could, together and in collaboration, overcome the current and future climate crisis.
Here are what we think should be considered by all of you, Our World Leaders, during your discussion today and tomorrow:
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