Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has formed an inter-ministerial climate change council to speed up efforts to combat global warming.
The council involves 16 Cabinet members, with State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar serving as its executive chairman.
Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Sri Mulyani will be vice chairpersons of the council.
Other Ministers on the council will represent the ministries of Trade, Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Health, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Transportation.
Following Indonesia’s hosting of the climate change meeting in Bali at end 2007, Minister Rachmat is now president of the Conference of Parties (COP) to help with the road map for international negotiations projected to conclude by end 2009.
Some governments in Asia have formed coordinating mechanisms to respond to the multidimensional character of climate change. For Indonesia, some commentators noted that formation of the Council was delayed from its original date of end of April 2008. The Minister of Forests also seems to be absent from the Council.
Source: Jakarta Post 2 July 2008, RI Sets up Powerful Climate Change Council