Indonesia Holds National Planning Workshop on Climate Strategy

UN CC:Learn9 October 2012: Indonesia held a national planning workshop on “Developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development,” organized by the National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) and the global UN CC:Learn initiative. The workshop included presentations and discussions on the development of Indonesia's national strategy, which will be launched in March 2012.

Opening the workshop, Rachmat Witoelar, Executive Chair, DPNI, and Special Envoy to the President of Indonesia on Climate Change, said Indonesia's commitment to addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) “requires unprecedented human resource and skills development and a strategic approach to climate change learning in key sectors and at all levels in Indonesia.” Over 120 participants attended, including representatives from government departments, UN organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), the private sector and academia.

Participants identified several considerations for the Strategy, inter alia: equally considering education, training and awareness raising; supporting learning and skills development to support climate change adaptation and mitigation; ensuring that proposed actions are in line with national policies and led by relevant institutions and sectors; prioritizing initial implementation while ensuring a long-term vision linking the Strategy to Indonesia's national development agenda; identifying low hanging fruits for implementation, such as strengthening climate change information and knowledge sharing; developing institutional capacity to deliver learning; and considering modalities for implementation, coordination and monitoring.

DNPI plans to hold dialogues and focus group discussions in October and November 2012 to further explore how learning and skills development within the Strategy can support existing government initiatives. Strategic focus areas and initial project ideas will be developed by December 2013.

The UN CC:Learn initiative contributes to the implementation of Article 6 (Education, Training, Awareness) of the UNFCCC. The partnership includes 32 multilateral organizations and its Secretariat is hosted at the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Pilot country participants include Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda. The Swiss Development Cooperation has provided financial support. [CC:Learn Press Release]