The Closing Ceremony for the annual EU Climate Diplomacy Week Indonesia (24 October – 6 November 2020) was held on 06 November, in a festive atmosphere with remarks by high-level officials, program partners, and a fun lineup of entertainment acts. The online event involved over 250 participants.
Opening words were delivered by H.E. Vincent Piket, Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia, who praised the work done over the last three years by partners and stakeholders. Amongst others, the Ambassador graciously singled out the work done by the IUC Asia team, expressing recognition for its support in helping Indonesian cites develop their Climate Action Plans. As the Ambassador referred to in his speech, in Indonesia, the IUC Asia helps the five Pilot Cities of Palembang, Denpasar, Depok, Malang and Makassar to elaborate Climate Action Plans for mitigation of GHG emissions and adaptation to the effects of climate change. This was possible even though the COVID19 pandemic forced us to work online. Our work is endorsed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia and implemented by UCLG ASPAC.
As a supporter/partner to the Climate Diplomacy Week (CDW) Indonesia 2020, IUC Asia coordinator Pablo Gándara expressed his thank to the EU Climate Diplomacy Week team for supporting the IUC webinar on 04 November, which helped to involve many participants from across the institutions and the country (academia, civil society, and public authorities). He also emphasized the citizens’ engagement on local climate action showcased during the CDW and encourage urban environmentalists to already look forward to next year’s event.
The online EU Climate Diplomacy Week (CDW) closing event consisted of several elements including a CDW 2020 video highlight, speeches from project EU partners in areas like green economy, urban climate action, responsible consumption, forest, and ocean issues. Indonesian experts Sheila Roswitha was interviewed with regard to natural environment concerns and presented attractive and educative comics in these areas including bike to work, separation of waste, plastic waste consumed by fishes and responsible resource usage. The EU Delegation also awarded winners in a meme competition, a climate-smart innovative recipe competition, as well as in a virtual walk/cycle challenge.
Within the EU Climate Diplomacy Week, on 04 November, we held our closing event in which the five Indonesian Pilot Cities shared actions, lessons learned challenges and future pathways for cooperation.