Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Consul General in Sydney, Heru Hartanto Subolo, has stressed the significance of cooperation between Indonesia and Australia to face global challenges, especially in the health and environment sectors.

The consul general delivered his remarks at the inauguration of the Centre for Environment and Population Health (CEPH), Hub for Global Health Security, at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, according to a statement received by Antara here on Monday. "I encourage more collaboration, cooperation and connection between Griffith University, specifically the Centre for Environmental and Population Health, the Hub for Global Health Security, which was inaugurated today, with universities and related institutions in Indonesia," the Subolo Consul General said.

He added that cooperation, collaboration and connections will make Indonesia and Australia more productive and effective in responding to global and environmental security.

Griffith University has invited Consul General Subolo to deliver a speech during the inauguration of this institution along with other representatives of fellow countries, namely, the Chinese Consul General in Brisbane and the Vietnamese Embassy in Canberra.

Meanwhile, representatives of the Queensland State Government and Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade were also present at the inauguration ceremony and gave speeches.

Former Indonesian Minister of Environment, who is also the Indonesian President's Special Envoy for Climate Change, Rachmat Witoelar, and his wife, Erna Witoelar, were also present.

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Indonesia, China and Vietnam are countries where the CEPH establishes partnerships.

With Indonesia, the CEPH has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesia Muslim University in Makassar (South Sulawesi) in October 2014 on research seminars, training events and workshops.

Griffith University’s CEPH is an academic centre that provides international collaboration with a focus on research, including theories and practices on global health promotion, conservation, disaster risk management and global health security.

"At the end of August 2018, President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, expanded the partnership between Indonesia and Australia into a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. I hope the CEPH can contribute to the implementation of people-to-people connections with the new partnership," Consul General Subolo said.

He underlined the commitment of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Sydney to facilitate the cooperation that has been established and the one which will be built in the future between the centre and its partners in Indonesia.

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