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President Jokowi and Elon Musk to Headline 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Highlighting Global Water and Mangrove Initiatives

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is set to attend the opening of the 10’th World Water Forum, the world’s largest water forum, scheduled for 18-25 May 2024 in Nusa Dua, Bali.

This announcement was made by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in Badung, Bali, on Tuesday, 14 May.


As part of Indonesia’s commitment to addressing water and sanitation issues, the country will also initiate a collaboration with the government of the United Arab Emirates through the groundbreaking ceremony of the International Mangrove Research Center (IMRC) on Kura Kura Island during the forum.


“The President will be present, and the detailed agenda is all prepared. There’ll be a groundbreaking ceremony on Kura Kura Island,” said Luhut.

Luhut also revealed that President Jokowi and Elon Musk, who will also be present at the 10’th World Water Forum, will inaugurate the Starlink satellite-based internet service on Sunday, 19 May. This service aims to reach all regions in Indonesia, especially the disadvantaged, frontier, and outermost areas (3T).


“Elon Musk will also speak at the opening of the 10th World Water Forum in Bali,” added Luhut.

The International Mangrove Research Center (IMRC) aims to enhance research, innovation, and knowledge exchange regarding mangroves globally. This initiative aligns with the Mangrove Breakthrough agreed upon at the COP28 World Climate Action Summit on 2 December 2023.


Photo Source: worldwaterforum.org (press release)


The establishment of the IMRC in Bali is expected to support various mangrove restoration and conservation initiatives in Indonesia, such as the Mangrove for Coastal Resilience project. This project focuses on strengthening policies and institutions in managing and rehabilitating mangroves sustainably and increasing livelihood opportunities for coastal communities.


Luhut emphasized that the IMRC’s groundbreaking during the 10th World Water Forum is a significant milestone showcasing Indonesia’s commitment and contributions to water resource management. He expressed hope that Indonesia’s success in this field would serve as a model for other countries.


Indonesia is the third country in Asia, following Japan and South Korea, to host the World Water Forum. The event will feature three main processes: thematic, regional, and political, and will address six sub-themes aligned with discussions from the World Water Conference in New York in 2023.

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