PRESS RELEASE

The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) is preparing a side event in the G20 Indonesia Presidency, namely the Research and Innovation Initiative Gathering (RIIG), an important meeting which will discuss research and innovation. In addition, BRIN is also preparing to host the G20 Research Ministers Meeting and the G20 Research and Innovation Expo which will be held in 2022. Under the theme “Green & Blue Economy”, these two activities aim to support research and innovation among the G20 member countries. These activities are a form of contribution to the world economic growth and to encourage environmentally friendly economic growth in the future.

 

Jakarta, 24 February 2022. The G20 member countries are expected to be able to face the big challenges the world is currently facing, such as resource scarcity, climate change, environmental security threats, energy crises, and others. Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, stated that research and innovation can make a significant contribution in producing various solutions that can solve the challenges faced by the government and the global community. Therefore, according to him, it is necessary to build a strong research and innovation ecosystem and create more solid collaboration among the stakeholders supported by related policies in the G20 member countries.

In the RIIG series, BRIN has proposed two topics to be discussed by the G20 members. First, Improving Research and Innovation Cooperation through Joint Facilities, as well as Infrastructure and Funding. Secondly, is Utilization of Biodiversity to Support Green and Blue Economy.

Acting Deputy for Research and Innovation Facilitation, Agus Haryono, as Chair of RIIG, deems it necessary to strengthen research and innovation collaboration among the G20 member countries. “As a form of concrete steps to strengthen collaboration, BRIN proposes four research activities that can be carried out jointly by the G20 members,” he explained.

Agus hopes that the discussion in first topic will produce a stronger collaboration platform and the important role of research and innovation in economic development. “A stronger and more effective collaborative platform in research and innovation, especially among the G20 member countries,” said Agus. And “the important value and role of research and innovation in building a resilient world economy, and in dealing with the problems and challenges faced by governments (especially the G20 member countries) and the world community,” he continued.

Acting Head of the Earth Science Research Organization, Ocky Karna Radjasa, as Co-Chair II said that the G20 Rome Leaders Declaration explicitly stated that the G20 countries will enhance and encourage the implementation of Nature-Based Solutions or Ecosystem-Based Approaches as an valuable tool that provides economic, social, climate and environmental benefits.

“The declaration also states that the G20 countries are committed to strengthening actions to halt and restore the loss of biodiversity by 2030 and call on the CBD to adopt the Global Biodiversity Framework,” he explained.

According to him, biodiversity is very important for human life and is one of the most important pillars to support sustainable development. “In addition to biodiversity, we must also respect and value cultural diversity, where local knowledge, innovations and practices are accumulated, preserved and passed on from generation to generation. All of these must be considered as great potentials to support sustainable development,” said Ocky.

Sustainable use, Ocky explained, requires exploiting biodiversity in a way that maintains its potential to meet the human’s current and future needs to prevent long-term decline. He emphasized that a strong commitment from all parties is needed to adopt measures related to use of biodiversity to avoid or minimize adverse impacts.

Ocky hopes that this activity will produce an understanding of the importance of utilizing biodiversity as an important factor that is very important to support green & blue economy. In addition, there is the strength and capacity of the G20 member countries in utilizing biodiversity in a sustainable manner as the main resource to support green and blue economy.