BANDUNG - Chairman of the the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR RI) and Deputy Chairman of the Golkar Party Bambang Soesatyo appreciates President Joko Widodo's support as conveyed by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD who supports the MPR RI in organizing an International Conference on the People's Consultative Assembly, Shura Council, or Other Similar Names of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States, to establish the World Consultative Assembly Forum.
Similar appreciation was also conveyed to the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) Mouhamed Khourchi and Supervisor of the World Muslim League for Asia and Australia and Director of the World Muslim League in Indonesia Abdurrahman Muhammad Amin Al Khayyat.
At the early stage of its inception, the Forum includes two international organizations, the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States/PUIC and the Muslim World League, as well as 15 OIC member parliaments that participate in the conference and will be the declarators for the establishment of the World Consultative Assembly Forum.
"Membership of the World Consultative Assembly Forum is inclusive, so that in the future it can embrace more parliaments of world countries, not only Islamic countries, other countries with Muslim populations. For example, India with around 195 million Muslims, China with 26 million Muslims, the European Union with 20 million Muslims, the United States with 4 million Muslims, and Australia with more than 476,000 Muslims, just to name a few. Inclusivity is critical considering that, according to the Mastercard and Crescent Rating report, by 2022 the Muslim population will have reached 2 billion people, and spread around 200 countries. This is almost equivalent to 25 percent of the global population," said Soesatyo at the opening of the International Forum for People's Consultative Assemblies, Shura Councils, or other Similar Names at Merdeka Building, Bandung, West Java, Tuesday (25/10/22).
Also attending the event were West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Prof. M. Syarifuddin, Chairman of the Judicial Commission Prof. Mukti Fajar Nur Dewata, Deputy Chairman of the Regional Representatives Council Sultan Bachtiar Najamudin, and Deputy Chief of Police Com. Gen. Gatot Eddy Pramono.
Delegations from the 15 parliaments of OIC member countries include Leaders of MPR RI Ahmad Basarah, Lestari Moerdijat, Jazilul Fawaid, Syarief Hasan, Hidayat Nur Wahid, Arsul Sani, and Fadel Muhammad. Meanwhile, the attending delegates include Chairman of the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, President of the House of Councillors of the Kingdom of Morocco Enaam Mayara, Chair of the Senate of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Wahab Abdel Razeq, Chair of the Senate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, Chairman of the National Council of the State of Palestine Rahwi A.M. Fatouh, Vice President of the Malaysian Senate Mohamad Ali bin Haji Mohamad, Deputy Chairman of the National Council of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria Salim Chenoufi, First Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Bahrain Jamal Mohamed Fakhro, Second Vice President of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique Saide Fidel, Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council of the Republic of Yemen Abdullah Mohammed Abulghaith Qibab, Member of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey Orhan Atalay, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Abolfazl Amoei, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Iraq Haider M. Habeeb Majeed Al-Khumais, Member of the Senate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Dr. Mustafa Al-Barari, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Union of OIC (PUIC) Member States Mouhamed Khourchi, Supervisor of the World Muslim League for Asia and Australia and Director of the World Muslim League in Indonesia Abdurrahman Muhammad Amin Al Khayyat.
The 20th Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives and former Chairman of Commission III of the Indonesian House of Representatives on Law, Human Rights, and Security explained that the World Consultative Assembly Forum will become a forum for world parliaments to promote their role in dealing with various world problems, such as the imminent threat of a global crisis. Today, around 320 million people in the world are in acute hunger conditions. According to the IMF and the World Bank, 66 of the world economies are predicted to go bankrupt and eventually collapse. The slowdown and contraction in global economic growth is further exacerbated by the high increase in inflation.
"Moreover, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2019 stated that global temperature increases must be maintained at around 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent the worst tragedy in ecosystems and ensure the resilience of human civilization. The climate crisis does not concern only with the ability of each country to change energy consumption and manage waste production, but also the collective efforts, including parliamentary institutions to save the lives of mankind by maintaining the potential of natural ecosystems that support sustainable livelihoods," explained Soesatyo.
The Deputy Chairman of the Pancasila Youth organization and the Head of the Law Enforcement, Defense, and Security Relations Division of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry explained that international cooperation is needed to realize a joint mission in saving the global ecosystem. This is where the importance of establishing the World Consultative Assembly Forum lies, so that the world parliaments can sit together to formulate ideas, commitments, strategic plans and collective contributions in responding to global climate change crisis. Furthermore, the world is also faced with the choice of transition to enter the green economy arena, which requires low-emission based production, supported by commitments in carbon trading.
"The MPR RI believes that collaboration in developing joint efforts in the preservation of forest and marine ecosystems, waste management, and prevention of the most extreme impacts of climate change such as floods, droughts, forest fires, supported by joint efforts to build a green industry, will be able to bring significant progress in preventing the climate crisis without compromising the opportunity for economic growth. The World Consultative Assembly Forum can play an important role in mobilizing collective initiatives to demonstrate the leadership role in the Green and Sustainable Economy," concluded Soesatyo. (*)