President to contact ASEAN chair over meeting on Myanmar crisis

President Joko Widodo will shortly contact Hassanal Bolkiah, the ASEAN 2021 chair, to discuss the possibility of holding the ASEAN leaders meeting in pursuit of a solution to the Myanmar crisis. “I will soon hold talks with the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, as the ASEAN chair, to look into the possibility of holding an ASEAN leaders meeting to discuss the crisis in Myanmar,” the president noted in a statement from the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java on Friday. Widodo sought a prompt reconciliation dialog to restore democracy, peace, and…

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Densus 88 apprehends eight terror suspects in North Sumatra

The National Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 apprehended eight terror suspects in the cities of Tanjung Balai and Medan in North Sumatra on Friday. “Two of them were arrested in Tanjung Bala, while six others in Medan,” Chief of the Public Relations Service at the North Sumatra Provincial Police Senior Commissioner Hadi Wahyudi remarked. Wahyudi chose to not divulge details of the identity of the suspected terrorists. Densus 88 will furnish further information on the arrest of the terror suspects, according to Wahyudi. “Densus will provide the information. It is…

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Ministry drafting three long-term climate change strategies

The Environment and Forestry Ministry is preparing three scenarios involving energy transition as part of long-term strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. Indonesia is in the process of completing its long-term strategy (LTS), ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, the United Kingdom on November 1-12, 2021, director general of climate change control at the Environment and Forestry Ministry, Ruandha Agung Sugardiman, said at a press conference here on Friday. “We have at least three scenarios — first extended NDC or Current…

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Target for cutting carbon emissions realistic, won’t be revised

The Indonesian government will not revise its target for reducing greenhouse emissions as it is considerably realistic, director general of climate change at the Environment and Forestry Ministry, Ruandha Agung, has revealed. The government has stated that it is targeting to cut greenhouse emissions 29 percent by 2030 and by up to 41 percent with international aid, Agung said during an online press conference here on Friday. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the national targets for greenhouse emission reduction must be logical, realistic, and…

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AstraZeneca vaccine distribution to resume next week: Sadikin

The Indonesian government will begin distributing AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines from next week to support the national vaccination program, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has informed. “Next week, we will begin distributing the AstraZeneca vaccines,” he said during an online press conference held by the Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery on Friday. The government had suspended the distribution of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines following a report on its side-effects. With the results of a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the British Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory…

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Conserving North Maluku’s maritime treasures

Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world, with its 17,508 islands spread over an area of nearly two million square kilometers. Five of the largest islands in the country are Kalimantan, which is spread over an area of approximately 743 thousand square kilometers; Papua, which spans 289 thousand square kilometers; Sumatra, 431 thousand square kilometers; Sulawesi, 173 thousand square kilometers; and, Java, 128 thousand square kilometers. Three of the five major islands of Indonesia are among the largest islands in the world — Kalimantan, Sumatra, and Papua. As…

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