The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, will deliver the keynote speech at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta on 5 May.
In his speech, to be delivered to an audience of up to 1500 people, the President is expected to discuss the importance of forests to Southeast Asia’s economy and the need for the region to transition to a “green economy.”
During his administration, President Yudhoyono has been a champion of inclusive, sustainable growth, which underpins the concept of the green economy. At the Forests Indonesia conference in Jakarta in 2011, also organized by the Center for International Forestry Research, Yudhoyono pledged to dedicate the remaining years of his presidential term to protecting the nation’s forests — the world’s third-largest tract of natural tropical forests.
In support of that pledge, Yudhoyono issued decrees imposing a moratorium on new logging concessions and establishing a national agency to oversee the implementation of REDD+, an international policy framework aimed at slowing climate change by reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
The President is expected to use his speech at the Forests Asia Summit on Monday to urge all those across the region, from governments to businesses, to work together in pursuit of more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable land-use and investment practices.
President Yudhoyono’s keynote speech will be livestreamed in both English and Indonesian, at www.forestsasia.org/live.