Balikpapan, May 21, 2022 – As inhabitants of the earth today and in the future, young people have an important role in realizing a sustainable and livable planet.
That message was echoed at the Third Pre-Summit of the Y20 Indonesia, held on Saturday (21/5/2022) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. Representatives of G20 youth, including delegates from invited countries and Kalimantan youth, exchanged ideas on how to achieve a sustainable and livable planet at this forum.
Co-Chair of Y20 Indonesia 2022, Indra Dwi Prasetyo, emphasized the importance of taking action to save the planet. Whether it’s resource overuse, waste generation, or a linear economy, the way we live on this planet needs to change.
“This forum must use young people’s power, voice, networking, and connections to help rebuild connections with nature for a sustainable future for all,” said Indra.
Meanwhile, Jonni Mardizal, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, stated that the issue of a sustainable and livable planet must be one that young people remember. The Minister of Youth and Sports also emphasized the importance of further debate and concrete solutions, particularly for young people.
“Young people will inherit life on Earth in perpetuity. If solutions to the current environmental problems are not sought, human life will be jeopardized. Young people’s lives are also in danger, “Jonni stated.
Siti Nurbaya, the Minister of Environment and Forestry, stated a similar thing. According to Siti, the younger generation will play a critical role in resolving the current environmental crisis.
“The Y20 Forum is expected to continue to encourage the implementation of the circular economy model, strengthen partnerships between G20 countries, and young people who are agents of change in creating a safe, inclusive, sustainable, and decent environment for all,” explained Siti.
Satu Kahkonen also emphasized the importance of youth involvement in climate action as World Bank Country Director for Indonesia and Timor Leste. “We rely on you to convey these aspirations to the G20 leaders and governments. We also rely on your innovation and enthusiasm so that we can build together sustainable and livable earth for all,” said Kahkonen.
Meanwhile, East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor welcomed the holding of the 2022 Y20 Indonesia pre-summit in Balikpapan. According to Isran Noor, the majority of East Kalimantan is tropical rainforest.
“We hope that the Y20 Pre-Summit, Indonesia’s G20 Presidency, and field visits will allow you to look at the state of the forests and the environment here,” said Isran, “and open the eyes of the world to Indonesia, Kalimantan, especially around Balikpapan, which is real,” he added.
Herlina invites young people to work together to protect the environment. YKAN believes that environmental issues and global warming highlight the importance of collective action by all parties, no matter where they are. The action must begin at the local level and have a global impact if carried out collaboratively and continuously. “Youth are the agents of change. We entrust them the future,” said Herlina.
According to Joseph D’Cruz, the G20 as a platform can influence how the world’s major countries set their priorities. The challenge, however, is for G20 countries to strike a balance between development and planetary sustainability.
“The Y20 can ensure that the G20’s decisions have consequences and tradeoffs. (Y20) can explain how these tradeoffs will affect those who will live on this planet in the next 50-100 years “Joseph D’Cruz.
Nugraha went on to say that it is critical that the G20 countries, as high-income countries, accelerate efforts to combat climate change. “This is critical for us, particularly the younger generation,” he added.
Kevin Lunzalu explained that the G20 must realize how dire the consequences can be if there is no collective action. “To get out of the current crisis, we need to take transformative steps. We must recognize the role of young people in the issue of climate change and natural resources “Kevin elaborated.
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Indonesia was selected to host a meeting of G20 member countries as well as a G20 youth meeting known as Youth 20 (Y20). Indonesian Youth Diplomacy (IYD), a youth non-profit organization, became the official host to welcome Y20 delegates from various countries.
Four priority areas will be carried out in this event: youth employment, digital transformation, a sustainable and livable planet, and diversity and inclusion. Before the 2022 Y20 Indonesia Summit, four Pre-Summits will be held in four cities in Indonesia: Palembang in March, Lombok in April, Balikpapan in May, and Manokwari in June. The highlight of the Y20 Indonesia 2022 Summit is scheduled to take place in DKI Jakarta and Bandung.
The Pre-Summit in Balikpapan provides a forum for young domestic and international leaders to discuss and exchange ideas on topics that focus on sustainable and livable planet priority areas, especially regarding safe guarding nature and circular economy.