Initiating World Parliamentary Forum, The Indonesian House Promotes Renewable Energy Issues
The Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia re-initiated the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development (WPFSD) for the second time on 12 and 13 September 2018. The meeting will carry out the theme of 'Partnership toward Sustainable Energy for All'.
Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, the chairperson of BKSAP said that energy is often a sensitive issue for global stability and security. The need for energy affects every aspect of human life as well as the productivity of society to support the global efforts to eradicate poverty and to promote development. Unfortunately however, conventional energy sources are still becoming the main contributor to global warming.
This was revealed in the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) in preparation for the implementation of The Second Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development with Deputy of Marine Affairs and Natural Resources of the Ministry of National Development Planning Arifin Rudiyanto, Director of ASEAN Economic Cooperation Muhsin Syihab, Director of New Energy and Renewable Energy of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Harris, and other members of BKSAP.
“Based on the case, the Parliament re-initiated the World Parliamentary Forum with the theme of renewable energy, since the world is currently in dire need of renewable energy to ensure efficiency and in line with environmentally sustainable growth, “Assegaf said.
The Democrat Party politician explained the Sustainable Development Goals should be placed as a common goal. Parliament as a crucial institution has an important role in determining the direction of government policy related to legislation, budget, oversight, and foreign diplomacy. On the other hand, Parliament also directly interacts with the community.
"Therefore, a global partnership is very important for the parliament to prosper the world community and maintain the sustainability of the earth. It is how to make a “parliament to parliament” policy towards the interests of the people," she explained.
She added that with a good policy, adequate funding and investment, renewable and clean energy would be more affordable and accessible. Given that, in Indonesia alone, there are still 2500 villages that have not been powered by electricity.
"This is where the parliament's role becomes significant through effective oversight of energy-related policies and the establishment of a legal protection that supports the development of environmentally friendly energy," she added. (ann/sf-chan)