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Rachmat Witoelar is the Indonesian President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change.
He held a position as the Indonesian Minister of Environment (2004 – 2009), and the
Executive Chair of the Indonesian National Council on Climate Change (2010 –
His work in the area of environment and climate change issues has led him to head
the Indonesian delegation to the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change since COP11 in Montreal in 2005, until
the recent COP22 in Marrakech in 2016.
Mr. Witoelar has held the Presidency position in several multilateral events, such as:
• The President of the United Nations Environment Programme Governing Council
• The President of COP 13 of the United Nations Framework Convention on
• The President of COP 9 Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary
Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal
Rachmat Witoelar was Indonesia’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation,
Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia (1993–1997) and had a long tenure as a
member of the Indonesian Parliament (1971–1993).
He graduated as an architect from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 1971. He
is currently an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Management from Griffith
University, Australia. Through Mr. Witoelar’s dedication to teaching and public
outreach on climate change and sustainable development issues, he was awarded
honorary professorships from Udayana University and Hasanuddin University in
Mr. Witoelar is active in a number of Non-State Actors Forum to address climate
change issues, involving private sector, sub-national governments, academias and
non-government organizations. He is frequently invited to speak at several
international events such as the International Conference on Sustainable
Development at Columbia University in the City of New York, Innovative and Climate
Smart Cities organized by the Asia Society Forum, Walk21 Conference on Walking
and Liveable Communities in Hongkong, and the Ecocity World Summit in
Rachmat Witoelar is the Head of Advisory Team for URBAN LEDS program at ICLEI
Indonesia, as well as the member of the Advisory Team for Adipura Award, cleanand-
green-city environment award. The team evaluates hundreds of cities annualy.
He received a Medal of Highest Honor from the Government of Turkmenistan as well
as Award and Decoration from The Indonesian Government, namely the Satya
Lencana Penegak and Mahaputra Adipradana.
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