News » Bali, High Level Regional Policy Dialogue on “The food-fuel crisis and climate change"

(adm/Dec 12, 2008)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pasific (ESCAP) and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia jointly organized the High level Regional Policy Dialogue on “The food-fuel crisis and climate change: Reshaping the Development Agenda” in Bali from 9 to 10 December 2008.The high level policy dialogue was held to address the food-fuel-financial crisis and climate change issues in a comprehensive and integrated manner which threatens to inflict untold human costs. The main objective of the Policy Dialogue was to find strategies in addressing the impact of these triple crises and to prevent these crises from becoming a development emergency. 

The high level policy dialogue was attended by more than 100 policy makers, finance experts, climate change specialist, food security experts, agricultural innovators, private sector entrepreneurs and civil society leaders from the entire Asia Pasific region to discuss the core issues in food-fuel-financial crisis and climate change and come up with an outcome document with actionable recommendations. Indonesian delegation was headed by Ministry of Agriculture and accompanied by Director of IAARD and Director of Agency for Food Security.

The participants recognized that the food, fuel and the global financial crises also provide an opportunity to recast policy directions and priorities as well as regional cooperation mechanism. They also recognized the need for new international agriculture system and new governance of the fight against hunger, in particular to realize food security by increasing food production while ensuring environmental and social responsibility. Indonesian delegation proposed Second Green Revolution as a strategy to increase food production in a greener way. This dialogue called for greater regional cooperation, including capacity building, research and development on sustainable agriculture including climate adaptation and mitigation potentials as well as sharing of experiences and transfer of best practices.