Jakarta, November 2021: The Government of Indonesia has nominated Ambassador Yuri Octavian Thamrin as a candidate for Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) for the period 2021-2025.

Ambassador Yuri Octavian Thamrin is a senior Indonesian diplomat with two ambassadorial assignments in strategic diplomatic posts abroad namely the United Kingdom(accredited to the Republic Ireland and the International Maritime Organization) and the Kingdom of Belgium (accredited to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union).

As a seasoned diplomat, Ambassador Yuri Thamrin also has vast experiences of more than 30 years in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy including in the United Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).

During Ambassador Thamrin’s stint as Indonesian Head of Diplomatic Mission to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union, Indonesia has worked successfully with the EU to conclude and subsequently implement in 2016 the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA) certification, the first of its kind in the world, to speed up export of deforestation-free timber from Indonesia to the European Union, taking into account its legality, traceability and sustainability.

The vision of The Ambassador Yuri Thamrin is to strengthen the principle of shared responsibility as a key to attain the goals of ITTO. He is underlining the need for closer cooperation and partnership between both producer and consumer countries as well as other stakeholders.

With the presence of senior Indonesian Diplomat, ITTO will increase its important role in promoting cooperation to ensure the effectiveness of the international environmental regime with respect to the protection of tropical timber forests.

In the history of almost 40 years of ITTO’s existence, there has never been any Indonesian getting the honor and opportunity to serve the ITTO as its Executive Director.

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest exporters of tropical timber products. It exports a wide variety of timber products, ranging from plywood, pulp and paper to furniture and handicrafts.

Indonesia has 125 million hectares forest area. Around 33 hectares are licensed for production activities. Indonesia’s annual timber production reaches about 45 million cubic meters, which comes from plantations and natural forests. Through sustainable forest management efforts, Indonesia’s export of forest products has increased significantly from US$ 9 billion (2015) to US$ 11 billion (2020). (*)