US-Indonesia Joint Commission Discusses Climate and Energy

17 September 2010: The US-Indonesia Joint Commission held its inaugural meeting in Washington DC, US, on 17 September 2010, which included sessions of working groups on climate and the environment and on energy.

The Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Climate and Environment reaffirmed the components of the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership on climate change, which were announced at the G-20 meeting in Toronto earlier in 2010, and agreed to focus on: land-use change, peatlands and forests; marine environments and oceans; and environmental management and policy. They acknowledged the need to incorporate education and public outreach in all their endeavors, and identified the SOLUSI Partnership and the Climate Change Center as vehicles to make progress.

The Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Energy reported on the result of and follow-up to the last meeting of the Energy Policy Dialogue, which convened in Washington DC, from 28-30 June 2010, when Indonesia proposed focusing on: exchanging information on policies to improve the investment climate, build capacity and promote sustainable economic development; participating in Methane to Markets; and encouraging public-private investment partnerships in the energy sector.

The two sides plan to hold the next meeting of the Joint Commission in Indonesia in 2011. [US Press Release]