Jakarta, The Indonesia Post – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the war that has erupted again between Israel and Palestine is worsening the world situation which is currently facing a food and energy crisis.
“Don’t think that war like that doesn’t affect us, in fact it really affects us,” said Jokowi at the VI National Working Meeting (Rakernas) of Projo Volunteers at the Indonesia Arena, Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Saturday.
After the food crisis triggered by the Russian and Ukrainian wars, the President warned that the Israeli and Palestinian war had the potential to cause an energy crisis by increasing fuel oil (BBM) prices throughout the world.
“Food prices have risen because of the war in Ukraine. Energy prices could rise later because of the Palestinian and Israeli war. Energy prices mean petrol and Pertamax. I don’t want to scare people, but that could happen because if the war doesn’t end the price will definitely increase.” “Global fuel prices will rise,” said Jokowi.
Apart from these two problems, the President added that the world is also facing the big challenge of climate change whose impacts are already being felt by humans in various parts of the world.
“Yesterday, for the past 3-4 months, scorching hot weather occurred throughout the world, including those of us who were affected by El Nino, not only was the weather hot, but it also affected our food production,” he said.
Jokowi, who on 10-11 October opened the Island and Island Countries Forum (AIS Forum) Summit in Bali, then explained that island countries and small islands are the most vulnerable to being affected by climate change.
“Many of their islands have sunk, so they have felt the impact (of climate change) directly. This is what we also have to address, meaning that it will not only be energy and food problems, but because of climate change, existing small islands could also sink. due to rising sea levels,” said Jokowi.
Considering the world’s increasingly numerous and complex challenges, Jokowi emphasized that Indonesia’s next leader must have a clear tactical vision, the courage to take risks and have the courage to face pressure from other countries. (mhn/bbs)