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Al Gore to meet government and business leaders in Jakarta



Posted on 13 December 2010   |  
Jakarta - Former US Vice President (VP) and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Al Gore will visit Jakarta on 9 January 2011 for the Business for Environment (B4E) Forest Dialogue to celebrate the launch of the United Nation’s International Year of Forests.

As one of the world’s most influential voices on the environment and climate change, Al Gore will deliver an exclusive keynote address, sharing his passion for making the world a better place and his vision for the role of forests in a sustainable future.

Co-hosted by the Republic of Indonesia’s House of Regional Representatives (DPD), WWF-Indonesia and Global Initiatives - the dialogue will explore the role of Indonesia's forests as a solution to reducing global carbon emissions and combating climate change.

VP Gore will be joined at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta by speakers: Irman Gusman (Chairman of the Indonesian House of Regional Representatives), El-Mustafa Benlamlih (Resident Coordinator for the United Nations), Dr. Efransjah (CEO of WWF Indonesia), and Gita Wirjawan (Chairman of the Indonesian National Investment Board-BKPM).

Irman Gusman, Chairman of the Indonesian House of Regional Representatives, said the House was fully committed to promoting low carbon development and sustainable growth with a positive impact on both Indonesians and the environment.

“We have invited the Hon. Al Gore to Jakarta to share his ideas on these issues and to explore partnerships with our regional and local governments, businesses and communities, in order to protect our forests and slow global warming,” he said.

Also speaking at the Forest Dialogue will be Dr. Efransjah, CEO of WWF Indonesia, who will unveil a major new initiative to drive green growth for Indonesian businesses in one of the planet’s most biodiverse tropical forests, the Heart of Borneo.

“WWF is delighted to work together with government and business partners to develop and deliver solutions that will ensure economic growth benefits both people and the planet. The B4E Forest Dialogue & Dinner is a timely event as we simultaneously welcome the 2011 U.N. Year of the Forests and launch one of WWF’s new business focused initiatives to develop a more sustainable future for Indonesian forests,” Dr. Efransjah said.

The B4E Forest Dialogue will also serve to announce the 5th annual B4E, Business for the Environment Global Summit, scheduled for 27 - 29 April 2011, also to be held in Jakarta. B4E is the world’s leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment. The B4E Global Summit 2011 will be held in partnership with the Indonesian House of Regional Representatives, the Government of Indonesia, WWF and Global Initiatives and will bring together world leaders, CEOs, NGOs, international agencies and the media to discuss and propose collaborative solutions to address the most urgent environmental and climate issues facing the world today.

For more information about the Al Gore (B4E) Forest Dialogue and dinner, please contact:

Notes to editors
The International Year of Forests 2011
The International Year of Forests 2011 is the United Nations’ global platform to celebrate people’s action to sustainably manage the world’s forests. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

Global Initiatives
Global Initiatives promotes partnership solutions to global challenges through a portfolio ofinternational events, television programs and media projects. These initiatives bring togetherworld leaders, CEOs, media and NGOs to advance multi-stakeholder action on of thegreatest challenges facing the world.

WWF- Indonesia
WWF as an international conservation organization in the world with the support of morethan 5 million members faces a high challenge in implementing conservation programs andthe challenges of encouraging environmentally friendly practices in the corporate world.WWF recognizes that support from all parties, both government, society and especially fromcompanies operating in Indonesia is extremely necessary. So the partnerships with allparties are expected to reduce pressure on natural resources that are already in an alarmingcondition. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in scienceshould be able to bridge the conservation and corporate needs, involves action at every levelfrom local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs ofboth people and nature.

WWF-Indonesia commenced operations in Indonesia in 1962, assisting in the managementof Ujung Kulon National Park, in West Java. Yayasan WWF-Indonesia (WWF-IndonesiaFoundation) was established in 1996 and has been a formal member of the WWF globalnetwork since the time. For more information, please visit www.wwf.or.id

Heart of Borneo
In February 2007, the governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia signed the Heart of Borneo Declaration to protect and sustainably manage more than 220,000square kilometres in the center of the island and bordering all three countries. The Declaration is supported by important regional and international agreements, as well as business & industry and local communities.

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