President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called on members of the East Asia Summit to improve coordination and joint efforts in tackling plastic waste in the ocean. According to him, the sea and oceans are our future. Therefore, it is important for us to continue to improve cooperation in the maritime field.
“One of the issues that is a challenge for all countries includes marine plastic debris,” Jokowi said while giving a statement during a lunch retreat at the Suntec Convention Center, Singapore, Thursday, November 15, 2018.
Previously, Indonesia had proposed the importance of the cooperation of a number of parties in overcoming marine plastic waste. Related to that, Indonesia has submitted the concept of the East Asian Country Leaders Statement on Combating Marine Plastic Waste (EAS Leaders’ Statement on Combating Marine Plastic Debris) as one of the results documents from the 13th East Asia Summit.
“Indonesia expressed its appreciation to EAS for approving Indonesia’s proposal, EAS Leaders’ Statement on Combating Marine Plastic Debris,” he said.
Following this, Indonesia will seek to assign related bodies in ASEAN to implement the proposed statement into the regional action plan for handling plastic waste in the region.
In addition, consistent with Indonesia’s peace diplomacy mission, Jokowi also invited East Asian countries to take steps and support the peace process in Palestine and Israel. “I really hope that EAS countries take constructive steps that can support fair and sustainable peace based on a two state solution,” he said. (bas)