140 countries and 52 Ministers of Environment gathered in Narobi, Kenya, to attend the 26th Global Environment meeting held by UNEP, the United Nation’s authority for global environmental issues.
“Indonesia is implementing the green economy to support our progressive development and to overcome poverty,” the Minister of Environment, Prof. Dr. Gusti Muhammad Hatta, underlined his main agenda in the opening.
“The reason of the implementation of green economy is to maintain the national development that aims to create more jobs, to improve the development, as well as to sustain the environment,” he added.
The meeting that was held on 21 – 24 February 2011 and aimed to bring up the theme “Green Economy and International Environment Planning and Preservation” was officially opened by the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki. On the same event, Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of UNEP, praised the Indonesian Government’s green economy initiatives on efforts to reach 7% GDP growth target and to reduce the carbon footprint emission to 26-40% by 2020.
In the meeting that is also attended by the Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, and Oscar nominated Hollywood actor and United Nation ambassador for biodiversity, Edward Norton, Indonesia was given the responsibility to lead one of the sessions. 17 important decisions on environmental issues have been made, such as on dangerous chemical, waste and Southern areas partnership to improve biodiversity, as well as progressive production and consumption scheme.