[After Report] German President Visits UGM, Discussed Food Security, Global Challenges, and Climate Change

Faiha Azka Azzahira

Last Friday on June 17th 2022, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) received a visit from German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. This series of visits was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Indonesia’s diplomatic ties with Germany. Fortunately, IFSA LC UGM has the privilege to send our delegate as one of the UGM students’ representatives to the forum.

Photo 2. The main discussion of the German President Visits Event

     During the visit, President Steinmeier attended a research product exhibition and discussion entitled Food Security, Global Challenges, and Climate Change with several experts and Panelists.  Some of the Panelists were Prof. Damayanti Buchori (Lead Co-Chair T20 Task Force 4 Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture), Felippa Amanta (Head of Research, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies), Christa Räder (WFP representative), Dr. Yose Rizal Damuri (Executive Director of CSIS and Executive Co-Chair T20), Dr. Linda Yanti Sulistiawati (UGM’s international law expert), and Maria Angela Putri (UGM outstanding student).

Photo 3. IFSA LC UGM’s delegate with the representative from UN World Food Programme (Christa Räder)

     This event began at 1.30 PM at the Senate Hall, UGM Central Building. The discussion was initiated by Anna Lührmann, the Minister of State for Europe, by emphasizing the urgencies related to food security. According to her, the current food insecurities are mainly caused by two things: 1. Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine that caused severe inflation in food stocks; 2. Climate crisis which affects the ways agriculture can be done. Then, the dialogue progressed with how to address the situation and further expectations from all Panelists’ perspectives. All agreed that this situation needs to be addressed in a short-term and long-term manner, starting by avoiding any more food restrictions in the short-term, and further improving the resilience of the food system and climate change action in the long run.

Photo 4. Introduction of a UGM’s program to the President Steinmeier

     Luckily, the event ran smoothly. This event could be beneficial for forestry students to add our perspectives and form the solutions concerning the issues, as well as take actions that contribute to food security from our field of study. Especially for IFSA LC UGM, we hope to further strengthen our impact regarding the matter by intensifying participation in strategic events as well as collaboration with national and international institutions/organizations. So far for this term, we have established cooperation with Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia di Jerman (PPI Jerman).

Photo 5. Photo session of all UGM’s delegates with the Rector of UGM (Prof. dr. Ova Emilia, M.Med.Ed., Sp.OG(K)., Ph.D.)

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