Witoelar-Erna_2“Today’s world has the resources, technology, and knowledge to eradicate poverty with a people-centered and rights-based approach to development, and to integrate principles of sustainable development into national policies and programs.”

Erna Witoelar is the former UN Special Ambassador for MDGs in Asia Pacific (2003-2007). Before this post, she served as the Indonesian Minister of Human Settlements and Regional Development. She was commissioner of the Global Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, Commission on Developing Countries and Global Changes, and the Earth Charter Commission.

She is founder & leader of the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (PGRI) and Foundation for Local Governance Innovation (YIPD); was also founder and leader of other CSOs like the Indonesian Environmental Forum (WALHI); the Asia Pacific Water Forum (APWF), Community Recovery Program (CRP), Women’s Movement for Planting & Nurturing (GPPT), etc. She was President of Consumers International (CI) and the Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI).

Erna is currently still on the Governing Boards of some of these CSOs like the Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation (KEHATI), Foundation for Sustainable Development (YPB), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Canada, Council Member of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), and member of the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance (CGSJG)

Ms. Witoelar is a chemical engineer from Bandung Institute of Technology and Master of Science in Human Ecology from the University of Indonesia, Jakarta.


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Wednesday 14 October


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