At the meeting, representatives of both nations discussed preparations to chair the Forest, Agriculture, and Commodity Trade (FACT) dialog that will later serve as one of the series of the COP26 events.
The meeting took place after Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto received COP26 Chairman Alok Sharma, COP26 Ambassador for Asia Pacific and South Asia Ken O’Flaherty, and British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste Owen Jenkins.
Indonesia and the UK will co-chair the COP26 FACT dialog that will bring together key nations exporting agricultural products and countries consuming these products to discuss ways to make this process greener and more sustainable.
The UK will host the COP26 this year and along with Italy will chair a series of meetings held on the sidelines of the COP26.
At the meeting on Tuesday, Hartarto warmly welcomed the COP26 delegation's visit.
He affirmed that Indonesia’s appointment as co-chair of the COP26 FACT dialog serves as the British recognition of Indonesia's commitment to creating a sustainable agricultural sector.
"I am glad that the UK recognizes Indonesia's commitment to applying sustainable agriculture and commodity trade as well as to strengthen bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of climate change," Hartarto noted in a written statement released on Tuesday.
As a co-chairman of the COP26 FACT dialog, Indonesia also remains committed to strengthening exchanges of views among participating countries.
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"As a co-chair, we need to share vision and common understanding to bring us to a mutually beneficial and equitable partnership," he remarked.
Hartarto is optimistic that participating nations would benefit from the COP26 FACT dialog as a means to find a common solution to the impact of climate change as well as to achieve various sustainable development goals.
The dialog should not serve the interests of certain parties to launch black campaigns against several commodities, including palm oil, he cautioned.
"It is important for us to keep FACT away from the focus on commodities, such as palm oil, soybean, and beef," he remarked.
The dialog should be directed towards focusing on discussions to find a solution to problems, especially pertaining to relations between buyers and producers of agricultural, plantation, and forestry products, he stated.
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