I want Indonesia`s younger generation to be more aware of what is happening in the world ..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The European Union (EU) held a concert in Jakarta on Sunday to raise awareness among Indonesias younger generation in the face of climate change, according to EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guerend.

"I want Indonesias younger generation to be more aware of what is happening in the world, particularly with regard to climate change. I am sure that more young people will be interested in attending the climate change concert rather than a seminar on climate change," Guerend remarked here on Sunday.

The ambassador noted that the EU and its member states, such as the United Kingdom and Germany want the younger generation of Indonesia to participate in the efforts to overcome climate change, one of them being to switch to an environment-friendly economy.

According to Guerend, an environment-friendly economy can help preserve the use of natural resources in a sustainable manner, contribute to poverty alleviation, and offer an effective response to the challenge of climate change.

In the meantime, British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik stressed that the Paris agreement on climate change was certainly not just about the commitment of the heads of state but also of every human being.

"The climate change concert is all about our future as by holding this event, we would like to remind the people through music, video presentations, and an exhibition that we all have a role in shaping the future," the British ambassador noted.

Cooperation between the EU and Indonesia on climate change has improved as Indonesia is an emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

Deforestation, peatland degradation, and forest fires not only threaten the global climate but also nature and human life.

The EU is offering funds worth 15 million euros to Indonesia to implement the program to counter climate change to help regulate the path of low-carbon development, including the assistance to formulate climate change policies and practices by the Indonesian governmental agencies in Aceh in an effort towards planning low-emission strategies.

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