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Cablegate: Indonesia Sending Out Climate Envoys Before Bali Cop-13

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SUBJECT: INDONESIA SENDING OUT CLIMATE ENVOYS BEFORE BALI COP-13

1. (U) The Government of Indonesia (GOI) will be sending four senior
climate change envoys to a number of key countries, including the
U.S., in order to sound out other governments' positions and gather
input for December's conference in Bali. All four are advisors to
Minister of Environment Rachmat Witoelar. In the press, Witoelar
said the envoys would meet with top leaders, including presidents or
prime ministers of the targeted countries. The envoys and their
designated countries are:

-- Former foreign minister Ali Alatas (India and Saudi Arabia);
-- Former environment minister and Indonesian head of delegation for
COP-13, Dr. Emil Salim (China and Japan);
-- Former environment minister Nabiel Makarim (E.U. and Russia);
and
-- Former ambassador to the U.S. Sumadi Brotodiningrat (U.S.,
Canada, and Brazil).

2. (SBU) We understand that Ambassador Brotodiningrat will travel to
the U.S., Canada, and Brazil, on November 19-23, and we will provide
additional details when they become available. The other three
envoys are also likely to travel to their designated countries in
mid-to-late November.

3. (SBU) According to our Ministry of Environment contacts, the
Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a decree (Decree No. 13),
outlining the general mandate of these "Special Envoys":

-- To gather substantive input from targeted countries to ensure the
success of COP-13;
-- To request supplementary financial support from donor countries
and international organizations for the GOI's COP-13 budget; and
-- To seek out partnerships related to capacity building and
environmentally friendly technologies.

4. (SBU) The GOI held an initial planning meeting on November 2 to
discuss their envoys' missions. However, they will only finalize
details after President Yudhoyono chairs a preparatory meeting with
the COP-13 Steering and Organizing Committees in Bali within the
next two weeks. In the meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
has sent cables to Indonesian diplomatic missions in the target
countries instructing them to begin arranging tentative schedules
for the envoys.


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