COVID-19 Pandemic Offers Opportunity for Green Growth Economy
House Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) Chair, Fadli Zon (sixth from right), takes a photo group at the Focus Group Discussion with the theme of Green Growth Economy co-convened by the BKSAP and its international partners and organizations including Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Bali, Wednesday (23/9/2020). Photo: Abu/Man
The COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity for a transition to a green growth economy to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those relating to climate change issues, said House Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) Chair, Fadli Zon.
He spoke at the Focus Group Discussion on Green Growth Economy, an event co-convened by BKSAP and its international partners and organizations including Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Bali, Wednesday (23/9/2020).
“The COVID-19 pandemic is obviously unexpected, forcing most countries to impose restrictions and lockdown,” he said. “However, because of the pandemic, we also had a chance to enjoy fresh air and green climate for a few months earlier this year. So, the pandemic also offers us an opportunity to seriously make our planet green again while maintaining the economic growth.”
The discussion was joined by other BKSAP Members notably from the International Organization Working Committee of the House. Two deputy chairs of BKSAP, Putu Supadma Rudana and Mardani Ali Sera, also attended the event.
The FGD that was organized collaboratively by BKSAP, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), and Warmadewa University focused on two significant endeavors related to the role and contribution of international organizations to Indonesia in strengthening interconnectedness between society and policies towards the achievement of green growth.
In keeping with the initiative, Mr. Zon stated that Indonesia has committed to reducing carbon emissions and that it has showed its commitment to climate change by submitting its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the international community as part of the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
"We are committed to reducing carbon emissions by 29 percent under normal circumstances and 41 percent with international support by 2030. Now, we will take an in-depth look at how the International Organization can contribute to this issue and what roles they can play in Indonesia in balancing its green policy and economic growth," he asserted.
Mr. Zon also mentioned how the pandemic changed the state budget components for future implementation. The House needs to measure the extent to which the fiscal stimulus favors carbon reduction efforts that are in line with NDCs. "Will there be green economic stimulus? Are there going to be other policies that support green growth during the pandemic?" the BKSAP chair asked inquisitively.
The Great Indonesia Movement Party politician conveyed his expectation for policies that are more inclusive, clear, visible, and science-based, as well as environmentally friendly. Since climate policy will affect the public at large, he believes there should be an effort to bridge the policymaking process and the society. The BKSAP, in this regard, seeks to learn from best practices in other countries, including the United Kingdom (UK), as part of its effort to increase public engagement in the policymaking process.
In his elaboration, Mr. Zon made some remarks about the UK’s Climate Assembly. It is an initiative created by UK parliament in 2019 to increase public engagement and to accomodate the interests of English people in regard to the UK’s target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
In the same spirit, BKSAP believes in the importance of public participation as an implementation of international commitment and in promoting green economic growth in Indonesia. The committee also looks forward to a society that is more connected with policymakers, which in turn will also strengthen democracy. Therefore, the people will play an active role in developing the country and creating a prosperous society.
“The UK’s Assembly represents the people and the innovation (to create such assembly) has inspired BKSAP to explore more about strengthening deliberative democracy,” Mr. Zon concluded. (ann/es)