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  • The initial research led by M. Nurkkhoiron from Komnas HAM has established five types of minorities that the Indonesian government should consider in devising future government policies. These five groups are sexual orientation and identity minorities, racial, ethnic, disability-based, religious and faith minorities. For this purpose, not only Komnas HAM researchers had an open speech about the current situation that minorities are facing in an everyday life but we also heard from people who are part of those minorities groups, giving us testimony of their struggles to fit in the society.

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  • As the screams got louder and rowdier, and as more rocks flew into my house, I ran downstairs and saw my dad. “Turn off the lights! Stay inside!” he said. Behind him are several small bags, filled with important documents he had prepared last week, right after the news of Trisakti students shot dead.

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  • Dalam rangka memperingati HUT ke-238 Museum Nasional, Yayasan Belantara Budaya Indonesia mengajak 1000 penari dan tokoh masyarakat untuk menari tarian pendet bersama.

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  • Oleh: Mahisa Dwi Prastowo

    Menurut Wimar Witoelar, perkembangan intoleransi di Indonesia berjalan bersamaan dengan tumbuhnya toleransi. Situasinya kira-kira sama seperti yang terjadi di Amerika Serikat. Ketika pemenuhan dan perlindungan hak-hak sipil berkembang sangat baik di Amerika, di saat yang sama ada fenomena Donald Trump yang merupakan calon presiden yang mengusung nilai-nilai intoleransi. “Jadi Amerika Serikat memiliki peningkatan toleransi dan intoleransi yang berjalan bersama. Itu juga yang terjadi di Indonesia,” ujarnya dalam diskusi di kantor Wahid Institute.

     

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  • Two degrees Celsius does not sound like much, but it’s one of the key issues being debated at the climate talks in Paris, which entered their third day on Wednesday.

    Two degrees Celsius does not sound like much, but it’s one of the key issues being debated at the climate talks in Paris, which entered their third day on Wednesday.

    Indonesia is currently working in an alliance with developing countries in the G-77, including China, the world’s biggest polluter, in negotiations at the COP21 climate talks in Paris, to reach a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, including capping the rise of global temperatures.

    One of the Indonesian delegation’s lead negotiators at the conference, Rachmat Witoelar, said that one of the key points that countries in the coalition had agreed on was that they would probably commit to limiting global temperature rises to a little over 2 degrees Celsius.

    “From the INDC [Intended Nationally Determined Contribution] that [developing] countries have submitted, we can assess that it will be difficult to agree on 2 degrees Celsius. Based on their [developing countries] abilities, the figure should be between 2.7 and 3.5,” Rachmat said at a press briefing at the Indonesian pavilion at the COP21 conference hall in Le Bourget, in the suburbs of Paris on Wednesday.

    In preparation for the Paris meeting, more than 150 countries submitted national climate targets covering nearly 90 percent of global emissions, which will be used to create a legal agreement to limit the rise of global temperatures to less than 2˚ Celsius.

    Rachmat said that pushing developing nations into reaching the 2º Celsius target would create a rift in the group. “We can’t force them to accept the 2 degree target or else we will create a split,” said the former environment minister.

    Another negotiator representing Indonesia at the COP21, Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, said that Indonesia could make a significant contribution to limiting the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius by controlling the rate of deforestation.

    “We need to control our landscape given its great contribution [to the Earth’s atmosphere]. Deforestation is the key,” said Sarwono, who is also a former environment minister.

    Earlier on Monday, in his speech at the opening of the COP21 on Monday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo vowed that his administration would balance climate efforts with economic growth.

    He later renewed Indonesia’s commitment made previously in its INDC to reduce carbon emissions to 29 percent by 2030, or 41 percent with international support.

    At the COP21, the Indonesian delegation expects to reach an agreement under which countries are allowed to carry out their climate change mitigation initiatives according to their respective capabilities.

    Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said that in spite of the massive forest and peatland fires that blanketed large parts of Indonesia in haze earlier this year, Indonesia could continue to play a leading role at the Paris negotiations.

    “There have been no statements regarding the haze because the President was frank about it in his speech. We have to show this kind of attitude more often,” Siti said.

    She quickly added that CO2 emissions from the forest and peatland fires, which are estimated to be between 0.8 and 1.1 gigatons, would not be factored into the country’s INDC’s target of a 29 percent reduction of its current amount of 2.8 gigatons per year.

    “The INDC target was set in June, before the fires,” she said.

     On day three of the COP21, after state leaders had left Paris, much of the negotiations will take place between countries to discuss funding for developing countries to deal with the effects of climate change.

    Developed countries have pledged to mobilize 0 billion annually by 2020 to help poor countries adapt to climate change. - See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/12/03/ri-joins-china-developing-countries-cop21-negotiations.html#sthash.iV87LL39.dpuf
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  • TEMPO.CO, Paris -  Rachmat Witoelar, utusan khusus presiden untuk perubahan iklim, mengatakan pemerintah Indonesia melibatkan sejumlah negosiator non-formal dari kalangan diplomat sampai kelompok agamawan untuk turut berunding dalam negosiasi Konferensi Perubahan Iklim ke-21 Paris (COP21 Paris).

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  • “Reducing deforestation doesn’t require any new technology, it’s generally cost effective...”

    By Daniel Zarin, Climate and Land Use Alliance

    The data can be viewed online on Global Forest Watch Climate as part of an interactive platform where users can compare carbon emissions information between countries or follow trends over time.

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  • PARA PEMIMPIN ADAT DARI HUTAN DI AMERIKA LATIN, INDONESIA DAN AFRIKA MERESPON PENGUMUMAN KEPALA-KEPALA NEGARA DI COP

    Sebagai pemimpin-pemimpin adat dari wilayah yang mencakup hutan-hutan besar di Afrika, Asia dan Amerika Latin, kami menyambut keputusan kepala-kepala negara dari negara-negara hutan tropis untuk melakukan konservasi hutan dan pembangunan berkelanjutan sebagai landasan rencana mereka untuk mengurangi emisi karbon dan memperlambat deforestasi

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  • FRANCE24 TV interview with Wimar Witoelar. Condensed transcript.

    FRANCE24: Welcome to Wimar Witoelar, spokesperson for Indonesia's Minister for the  Environment and Forestry. In terms of deforestation it's often a blame game. Who is responsible ?

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  • For the next two weeks, diplomats from more than 190 countries will gather near Paris to hammer out a new international agreement on climate change. This conference, known as COP21, is getting heavily hyped: We’re already seeing chatter about whether this is our last chance to “save the world” or keep us below 2°C of global warming.

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  • ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA JOKO WIDODO:

     

    Chairman,

    The Head of States/The noble Governments,

    Distinguish Delegates,

     

    Our deepest sorrow over the terrorist acts in Paris on November 13th, 2015, which cost  the lives of innocent civilians.

     

    As the country with the largest Moslem population in the world, Indonesia asserts that Islam teaches peace - Islam teaches tolerance. The terror acts have nothing to do with religion, nations and any race.

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  • Pada 10-13 November 2015, Republika melakukan perjalanan jurnalistik ke Kaluppini, Kabupaten Enrekang, Sulawesi Selatan, untuk melihat penyusunan peraturan daerah perlindungan masyarakat adat. Masyarakat adat yang masih setia menjalankan hokum adat itu menerapkan normanapassuun sima na (mengeluarkan bayaran) untuk setiap pemanfaatan hasil hutan.

    Oleh: Priyantono Oemar

    Mereka pernah ramai-ramai menolak rencana tambang di hutan yang menjadi kawasan adat. “Pada zaman bupati sebelumnya, dilakukan survei, ditemukan kandungan emas di tanah ongko kami,” ujar Abdul Halim, pemangku adat Kaluppini yang menduduki posisi imam.

    Penolakan berpangkal pada kelestarian hutan yang menjadi hak adat mereka. Masyarakat adat Kaluppini itu berpendapat, tambang akan merusak segalanya. “Bukan saja merusak tanah ongko yang ada emasnya, tambang juga akan memorakporandakan tatanan, lingkungan, dan lainnya,” kata Halim.

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  • One week following his visit to the United States for his meeting with President Obama, President Jokowi seems to understand that the fires still ravaging our country may represent an opportunity to advance an agenda that could save our peatlands, and help him fulfill his campaign promises.

    Strengthened by supporters with civil society and the indigenous peoples who helped elect him, the President says he will freeze all permits on peatland development for palm oil. He has ordered the expansion of efforts to prosecute the most egregious of groups and individuals shown responsible for causing the fires, as well as the implementation of a “one-map policy,” an initiative that weaves together the maps of various agencies, as well as those of indigenous peoples, establishing transparency concerning who is doing what and where.  And making clear the areas claimed by indigenous groups that have been fighting concessions on their customary lands.

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  • Presiden Joko Widodo memutuskan mempercepat lawatannya di Amerika Serikat untuk segera kembali ke tanah air. "Saya memutuskan membatalkan perjaanan ke West Cost atau mungkin langsung meluncur ke Kalteng atau Sumsel,"

    Wimar Witoelar menyatakan Presiden Jokowi punya sense of priority yg kuat

    Menurut Wimar Keputusan Presiden untuk langsung pulang Dari Washington DC adl keputusan yg tepat mengingat bahwa masalah kebakaran hutan dan lahan gambut masih tetap memerlukan kehadiran langsung beliau. Acara di pantai barat San Francisco menyangkut hal yg penting tapi tdk urgent sifatnya sehingga pekerjaan ini bisa dilanjutkan menteri - menteri yg terkait.

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  • residen Joko Widodo memutuskan mempercepat lawatannya di Amerika Serikat untuk segera kembali ke tanah air. "Saya memutuskan membatalkan perjaanan ke West Cost atau mungkin langsung meluncur ke Kalteng atau Sumsel,"

    Wimar Witoelar menyatakan Presiden Jokowi punya sense of priority yg kuat

    Menurut Wimar Keputusan Presiden untuk langsung pulang Dari Washington DC adl keputusan yg tepat mengingat bahwa masalah kebakaran hutan dan lahan gambut masih tetap memerlukan kehadiran langsung beliau. Acara di pantai barat San Francisco menyangkut hal yg penting tapi tdk urgent sifatnya sehingga pekerjaan ini bisa dilanjutkan menteri - menteri yg terkait.

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  • With an announcement on Thursday that he will freeze all permits on peatland development for palm oil, President Jokowi of Indonesia took dramatic steps in response to the fires that are engulfing several of the nation’s island provinces.

    The embattled president, strengthened by supporters with civil society and indigenous peoples who helped elect him, seems to have committed to measures that challenge both regional authorities and palm oil industry that has been working to undermine his authority—even within the cabinet itself.

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  • With haze dominating news, Indonesian President heads to US to highlight nation’s efforts to stem destruction of world’s third-largest stretch of tropical forests

     
    Indonesia’s president—the country’s third democratically elected leader—hopes to make climate protection part of his legacy, much like U.S. President Barak Obama. Though Jokowi has taken steps to protect forests and peatlands under threat from palm oil growers, miners and pulp and paper producers, massive forest fires spewing smoke and unleashing carbon pollution across the country threaten to tarnish his reputation on climate. Soon after the fires started in September, Jokowi arrested seven palm oil executives responsible for starting the flames, a tactic they use to clear forests for new crops. He has also made moves to protect the rights of millions of the country’s indigenous people, many of whom are locked in conflict with commodities companies to protect the forests they rely on for food and incomes. Jokowi and Obama are expected to discuss Indonesia’s climate crisis during their visit on October 26.   

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  • Leadership in climate change immediately brings credibility in the global economic and investment agenda.  The paradigm shift in the annual UNFCCC COPs that represent global action on climate change, will bring bottom-up decision making, putting initiative in the hands of the developing countries. It is the parallel of the paradigm shift in Indonesia from a top-down authoritarian system to President Jokowi's democratic and practical approach.

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  • Tak ada kata lain selain mengesankan yang dapat diungkapkan selama perjalanan outing IMX Goes to Bangkok 2015 pada 17 – 20 September 2015. Empat hari tiga malam yang dilalui bersama tak terasa mencapai pencaknya, 19 September malam lalu. Setelah melepas lelah sejenak usai perjalanan hari terakhir di Chatucak Weekend Market, seluruh team InterMatrix berkumpul di Lobby Metro Resort, Petchaburi Road – Bangkok. Pukul 19.00, wajah-wajah segar seusai mandi, puas atas perjalanan panjang hampir satu hari berbelanja di Weekend Market dan mengelilingi Bangkok terpancar di meja makan. Acara terakhir siap dimulai!

    Dengan dresscode orange yang menyatukan seluruh anggota team, tak terkecuali Wimar Witoelar (WW), acara pun dimulai dengan penggabungan meja oleh staff hotel. Awalnya, tiga meja yang tersedia saling terpisah satu sama lain. Namun sesuai dengan quote ‘one for all, all for one’ yang dijunjung tinggi oleh IMX, maka seluruh meja digabungkan agar dapat lebih erat satu sama lain dengan makan satu meja bersama.

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  • Wimar Witoelar beserta tim Perspektif Baru melanjutkan rangkaian sosialisasi INDC Indonesia, dan kali ini, Wimar menjadi pembicara di negeri gajah putih, Thailand.

    Wimar Witoelar menjadi pembicara dalam sebuah sesi sharing bersama Perhimpunan Mahasiswa Indonesia di Thailand (Permitha) yang diadakan di Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia. Acara ini dihadiri oleh mahasiswa – mahasiswa yang menuntut ilmu di negeri Gajah Putih dalam segala jenjang.

    Seperti yang kita semua tahu, perubahan iklim merupakan sesuatu yang tidak terelakkan, namun kita semua dapat melakukan usaha – usaha untuk mengatasi dampaknya, dan usaha – usaha tersebut disusun oleh Dewan Pengarah Perubahan iklim dan Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan (KLHK) dalam dokumen Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).

    Kontribusi Masyarakat Indonesia secara umum tentu diperlukan, mengingat permasalahan perubahan iklim merupakan masalah seluruh umat manusia. Terlebih lagi, Indonesia yang terletak di Ekuator paling rawan terkena dampak perubahan iklim.

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