Approaching the GLF 2018, Government of Indonesia convenes a high level meeting at the Presidential Palace

Friday, 8th December 2017

More bricks are being paved to complete the journey toward the Global Land Forum 2018. Hosted by the Presidential Staff Office (KSP), relevant ministry institutions were attending a high-level meeting to weave an engagement toward the preparation of the GLF, taking place at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Together with the Indonesian ILC Members, Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA), Rimbawan Muda Indonesia (RMI), Sajogyo Institute (SAINS), and Jaringan Kerja Pemetaan Indonesia (JKPP), the Presidential Staff Office (KSP), which had committed to co-host the GLF, was also facilitating the meeting which aimed to build commitment and ownership from the Indonesian Government toward the GLF.

Specifically, the high-level meeting that was being carried out on November 21st 2017  was seeking common perspective among the National Organising Committee comprises of the CSOs, to appoint focal point from each Ministry to be part within the Committee, and to distribute the roles and responsibilities for each.

It was welcomed by Deputy II of Presidential Staff Office (KSP), Mr. Yaunar Nugroho. He emphasized in his welcome remarks, that together with the Civil Society Organisations, the Government of Indonesia is currently implementing the Agrarian Reform by redistributing and legalizing the Agrarian Reform Land Object (TORA) of nine hectares of land, and also social forestry through numerous scheme of 12,7 million hectares of land. Thereby, he further said, GLF becomes a great and crucial moment and opportunity for Indonesia to gain lessons from other countries on that particular issue, and also to display to other countries on what have been achieved so far by Indonesia in term of its Agrarian Reform.

Also attending in this meeting, ILC Director, Mr. Mike Taylor, who is based in ILC Secretariat in Rome, Italy, explained further about the Global Land Forum itself, and how it would contribute to the country host best in addressing the main land agenda discussed within the country. He also mentioned that this will be a great opportunity for Indonesia to showcase the best practices on land issue to the global audience, and also to gain knowledge and lessons from other countries as a return. It is expected that the next year GLF will be opened by the host country’s President, as the regular practice in every GLF.

“GLF will not only be a learning platform for the civil societies, but as well as the place for Government representatives from each country to exchange and contribute the knowledge and expertise”, he emphasized.

This high-level meeting was actually a follow up meeting after the ones being held with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Agrarian Reform and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency, Ministry of Village, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Positive outcome was obtained from those meeting, where the ministries delivered their commitment to support the GLF, and provided useful inputs in the preparation stage. Attending in this meeting, the said ministries once again showed their commitment, along with the Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesian Police Force, National Commission of Human Rights, and the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI).

And again, not only delivering the commitment, the ministries also contributed useful technical inputs on how to carry out further for the next step. Mr. Yanuar Nugroho of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) was suggesting to commence regular meeting among the ministries and the CSOs to assemble the event preparation, and it was positively welcomed by other attendees. The agreement was reflected through their intention to immediately appoint a focal person from each institution, who will focus onto the GLF.

Mr. Usep Setiawan of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) stated that by the coming month, there will be an invitation issued and sent to the Ministry agencies to start the GLF preparation meeting, and it is expected that the said focal points from each institution are elected already.

Through these positive responses, it is shown that the Government of Indonesia is not only approving to have the GLF to be convened in Indonesia, but as well seeing that GLF is a meaningful and influential moment for Indonesia.

As mentioned earlier by Mr. Noer Fauzi of Presidential Staff Office (KSP), GLF is an opportunity for Indonesia to contribute best to the world on Agrarian Reform.