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Jakarta, 7-8 October 2015. The 3rd Sustainable Business Dialogue (SBD) provides a platform for exchange of experiences and ideas of how shaping Indonesian industries more sustainably. The event covers the tourism sector, agro business, financial services and the manufacturing sector. The one-day conference with some 200 participants is this year followed by the 1st Global Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments (PDCI). In this important occasion, Mrs. Shinta Widjaja Kamdani - representative of KADIN Indonesia and Dr. Thorsten Hutter - Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany to Indonesia, Timor Leste and ASEAN conveyed the welcoming remarks to the international participants. While, H. E. Saleh Husin - Minister of Industry, Republic of Indonesia conveyed a remark to announce officially the inauguration the event. The keynote speech was delivered by Prof. Emil Salim. This event is organized by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The objective of this dialogue is to collectively identify proposed strategies and solutions from countries across the globe on best ways to mobilizing private investments in the areas of renewables, energy efficiency, and adaptation to climate change. The 3rd SBD takes place at the right time. As we all know, our planet is facing urgent challenges that need to be addressed, especially in the issues of climate change and environment. Some of the causes of these challenges are the power of money as the driving force for forest degradation and natural resource exploitation, market failure in incorporating negative externalities, and the absence of clear roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders. These show an urgent need for the government officials and the business people to change the conventional way of development and move towards sustainable development of economics, social and environment. Last month, in the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, USA, 193 countries have agreed upon and adopted the Sustainable Development Agenda, consisting of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the successor of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) beyond 2015. It was understood that the attainment of SDGs is only feasible if all stakeholders work together, the governments, private sector, academics and the global community since the bottom line of SDGs is “People, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.” Furthermore, the end of 2015 also marks the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community, which is another game changer with its goals for the region. However, many ASEAN Member States are still facing challenges to the implementation of AEC, which could be overcome through a healthy competition among the members as well as with the rest of the world. Indonesia, as one of the biggest country in the region, also faced challenges. Indonesia has been struggling with this interconnectivity. Therefore, Indonesia has come up with a policy for planning and budgeting strategy as the main vehicle to interlinked economic, social and environment among the various government sectoral developments to interlink numerous government programs towards a sustainable development strategy 2015-2019. Indonesia has experienced a slower growth in its manufacturing industry, although domestic and foreign investments have increased. To boost the industry in the country, the government of Indonesia has launched the National Industry Development Masterplan 2015-2035 characterized by strong industry structure, healthy and fair, highly competitive, and innovation and technology-based industry.   On top of that, BAPPENAS has launched the Green Growth Roadmap, OJK has launched the Sustainable Finance Roadmap and Ministry of Finance has launched the Fiscal Policy Framework for the Land-based Sectors. These three documents will enable the interconnection of various sectors and improving the development to be more sustainable and it is deemed urgent that these documents are to be socialized to the business community so that the public and private sector could engage in a mutual benefit partnership and bring Indonesia to sustainable development.
Jakarta, 6 October 2015. BAPPENAS hosted an FGD on Indonesia NAMAs Status Update with the support of GIZ PAKLIM. The FGD targets at updating status of NAMAs development and implementation in Indonesia; identifying strategy for debottlenecking barriers, empowering NAMAs developers and improving NAMAs development; as well as formulating recommendation for the next step of NAMAs development in Indonesia.  Thirty six (36) participants attended the FGD, coming from line ministries, provincial governments, Secretariat RAN-GRK, ICCTF, and development partners. Line ministries that participated were Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta and Kalimantan Timur also participated in the FGD. Meanwhile, development agencies that participated were GIZ and ECN. After the opening from BAPPENAS, participants reported the latest status of NAMAs development. Twelve (12) NAMAs were reported which two of them, POME NAMA and LAMA MORRE, are new initiatives from the provincial government of Kalimantan Timur. The reported NAMAs update are NAMA SUTRI (Sustainable Urban Transportation Indonesia),  SSLI NAMA (Smart Street Lighting Initiative), Green Chiller NAMA, NAMA CAFÉ (Common Accounting Framework for Energy), DEEP NAMA  (Debottlenecking Project Finance for Least Cost Renewables in Indonesia),  Scaling-up Renewable Energy NAMA, VIMSWa NAMA (Vertically Integrated Municipal Solid Waste), Cement NAMA, TransJabodetabek NAMA, Smart Paddy Agriculture NAMA, LAMA MORRE (Mining for Rural Renewable Power – Locally Appropriate Mitigation Action),  POME LAMA (Palm Oil Mill Effluent - Locally Appropriate Mitigation Action) The ministry of Industry also reported new initiative on NAMAs development, those are: Fertilizer Industry NAMA, Pulp and Paper NAMA, and Industrial Estate NAMA. Barriers identified among others are financing mechanism and coordination among related ministries. As the follow up of this meeting, ICCTF will arrange a coordination meeting with line ministries to discuss funding options for NAMAs development. 
Jakarta, 1 October 2015. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry hosted a 3-days Negotiation Training for the Preparation of COP 21 UNFCCC (United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change), 29 September - 1 October 2015, with the support of GIZ FORCLIME (Forests and Climate Change Programme) and GIZ PAKLIM. The training targets at enhancing negotiation skills of personnels of newly established Directorate General Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and members of Indonesian delegation for COP 21. Up to 30 participants attended the meeting, from the different directorates under DG of Climate Change and President’s climate change special envoy office. The training was opened by Director of Sectoral and Regional Resource Mobilisation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and Programme Director of FORCLIME on behalf of GIZ organisers. The trainer, Linda Siegele, has had extensive experience on UNFCCC negotiation training in the region. The training consisted of general information session; practical simulations of the negotiation process focusing on central ADP (Ad-Hoc Working Group on Durban Platform) issues (mitigation, MRV, adaptation, loss & damage, transparency of supports, finance, technology transfer, and capacity building); and drafting session. The training also covered rules of procedure (including interventions, voting, becoming a Party, etc), explanation of commonly used legal terms in drafting text (including slippery negotiating words), hierarchy of documents, and meeting processes. The training also covered several parts of IPCC processes whose reports often serve as a basis for UNFCCC negotiations.   The training received many positive feedbacks from the participants. Many participants participated for coaching session held on 2 October 2015. Among the expectations of participants, is that the Indonesian delegation members could gain the necessary negotiation skills to have more confidence in making interventions, and to be able to understand where the trade-offs are in preparing position paper.    
GIZ Paklim, supporting Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) under Smart Street Lighting Initiative, has started consultancy work with ATMI Power House, to develop Street Light GIS Software (GIS SLiM Version 2) focusing on street light asset management and investment planning. A preparatory Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was organized by MEMR on 21 September 2015 in Surakarta, to discuss concept design for the GIS SLiM version 2, before consultancy work starts. The FGD was attended by representatives from Bappeda Batang Regency, Provincial Energy and Mineral Resources Agency of Central Java, UNDIP, UNS, PT EMI, PT Elnusa, PT Philipps, ATMI, GIZ Paklim. In the FGD, ATMI presented GIS Software (GIS SLiM Version 1) developed for the city of Surakarta in 2014 with ICCTF funding, to share experience and lessons learned from the first version. ATMI then presented concept design for GIS SLiM Version 2, which builds upon version 1. The participants discussed the features of the software; the features include: choosing the right technology, scheduling of lamp replacement, cost estimation, investment feasibility analysis, and GHG emission analysis. The participants also discussed the needs of cities/regencies, including street light lux simulation and evaluation according to SNI standard, to be included in the GIS Software. The participants concluded with design of training to disseminate the software.   It is expected that GIS SLiM version 2 is finalized by November 2015 and will be disseminated via trainings to targeted local government at the end of 2015.