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Denmark and Indonesia sign extensive green cooperation agreement

22.11.2021  13:46
With 86 action tracks, the agreement will strengthen cooperation between Denmark and Southeast Asia’s most populous country, while driving progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod and Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi today signed an agreement ensuring closer Danish-Indonesian cooperation towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The agreement was signed during Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod’s visit to Indonesia.

“It is crucial that we put action behind the fine words and follow up on our promises from COP26. Denmark is doing just that with this cooperation agreement, which has a special emphasis on Danish-Indonesia cooperation in the green transition and energy efficiency. This agreement clearly shows how we can put Danish competencies to work for the benefit of the global green transition.

“This is both about creating green jobs and strongly propelling development in one of the countries where, among other things, the phase out of coal must be accelerated to reduce global emissions,” said Jeppe Kofod after his meeting with Retno Marsudi in Jakarta.

Indonesia is the world’s fifth-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, among the world’s ten largest coal consuming countries, and one of the largest coal exporters. It is also a country that will be severely impacted by climate change. In the run-up to COP26, Indonesia issued a new pledge to become climate neutral “by 2060 or even sooner with international support”.

The agreement contains 86 different action tracks where Denmark and Indonesia have agreed to make dedicated efforts, including in the areas of energy transition, waste management, circular economy and food. The agreement establishes a new and ongoing climate dialogue with Indonesia. It also makes the security agenda a special priority in connection with Denmark’s candidacy to a seat on the UN Security Council in 2025-26.

The security cooperation includes the areas of maritime security and anti-terrorism measures. Over the next three years, Denmark will give 5 million DKK to the regional centre for police cooperation, which was established after the Bali bombings. Danish companies will also help to equip the patrol vessels that help to ensure safe and secure shipping in the area.

“As a maritime and export nation, it is important for Denmark to ensure safety and security at sea in this part of the world. During my visit to the PT PAL Shipyard in Surabaya on Sunday, I had a good dialogue with the Danish companies participating in the delegation about how Danish defence technology can play a role in providing this security,” said Jeppe Kofod.

The Danish-Indonesian cooperation agreement runs from 2021 to 2024.

Read the whole agreement here: https://indonesien.um.dk/en/-/media/country-sites/indonesien-en/travel-and-residence/prev1a-ina-den-poa.ashx

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