H.E. Ambassador Yusra Khan
Informal Meeting PBC Organizational Committee
New York, 9 July 2012
Intervention on Agenda 1:
Resource Mobilization for Peacebuilding Priorities: Role of PBC. A policy discussion on the basis of PBSO paper
would like to briefly touch upon two elements as way of Indonesia’s
preliminary feedback on the document prepared by the PBSO for this
discussion. We thank PBSO for its stress on the importance to use the
already existing documents and work by the PBC, including on to the
outcome document of the PBC task force on private sectors adopeted in
2004. Many of the its recommendations therein are highly relevant and
should be taken forward by the PBC.
the effort by the PBSO in preparing this useful document, we would
appreciate it if the aspect of ‘agricultural trade’ could also be
focused upon. Just as facts and figures for a number of important
financial flows to post-conflict countries have been mentioned, it
would be helpful to know what is the contribution and potential of
agriculture and commodities trade in the economies of those countries.
that ‘sustainable resource mobilization avenues’ are crucial and that
majority population in conflict-affected countries lives in rural areas
where employment in agriculture, particularly, tends to be the main
vocation, it would be important to know more about the financial role
and impact of agriculture and commodities sectors.
and proposals by the PBSO and other relevant UN agencies, on what could
be done to enhance the international trading potential of post-conflict
countries would also be welcome.
independent review by the Senior Advisory Group (SAG) under
“Nimbleness” dwelled on, among other things, this aspect and
recommended improving access to rapid-response financing for UN
agencies, funds and programs. In that regard, it proposed incorporating
the elements of the Working Capital Facility of the World Food Program
This WFP facility fundamentally provides funds as loans to critically required field programs in advance of forecast contributions.
The use of this model for UN system’s financing to unexpected post-conflict projects could be along the following lines:
As an immediate financing need arises in a post-conflict situation (eg: unexpected rains enhance crop yield, requiring more harvesters/transportation etc for which a newly designed project needs to be implemented quickly), the UN country team overseeing peacebuilding will be able to acquire required funds from the UN Head Office/central mission account as ‘loan’. This money sourced as loan is paid back to the UN Head Office/central mission account when financing will be provided to the UN country team under the normal UN funding process.
see merit in taking forward this recommendation, through among others,
brainstorming the WFP’s working capital model facility to explore if it
has potential to be applied in the UN system’s financing of
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Intervention for Agenda 2:
Consultation on Civilian Capacities (Interaction with Ms. Susana Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet and Chair of Steering Committee)
on the provision of civilian capacities, embedded in a strong
partnership particularly with the Global South, and drawing capacities
from the UN, developing countries, regional organizations and civil
society have been going on since 2007.
has both contributed to and keenly followed this discussion in the PBC,
Security Council and other forums, including by convening regional
workshops. We are determined to continue working with all countries to
carry this issue forward.
is encouraging to see today the growing support in the UN entities and
Member states to advance the issue of civilian capacities in the
aftermath of conflict, and in that regard, to strengthen partnerships
among the UN and relevant non-UN stakeholders, including through
informal conversations with interested delegations in the Consultative
Group of Civilian Capacity Review that both Indonesia and Canada
General Assembly resolution A/66/255 mandates the Secretary-General to
hold regular consultations, including with the PBC to promote closer
underlines the role of the PBC as a critical platform for a
well-informed and comprehensive policy discussion on civilian
capacities. The Commission, with its mechanisms, in particular Country
Specific Configurations, can fittingly contribute in the substantive
realization of this agenda.
resolution has also stressed enhanced cooperation, national ownership
and inclusive processes towards developing civilian capacities and
expertise, in particular from developing countries and among women.
Consultation identified respective specialized capacities in the
Asia-Pacific region, and explored how those could be utilized by post
conflict countries that needed them. Some gaps were also identified in
the current deployment mechanisms for civilian capacities. We are
pleased to learn that forthcoming regional consultations in different
regions will be held in the near future.
the Consultation in Bali generated some useful ideas on how to enhance
triangular and South-South cooperation, joint training initiatives and
information exchanges, which remain very relevant to the ongoing UN
work to enable civilian capacity support.
Allow me to briefly share with you Indonesia’s priority on capacity building through South-South cooperation framework, which I believe is helpful in the context of civilian capacity support.
framework is an integral part of our national Mid-term Development Plan
2010-2014. Currently, Indonesia is finalizing its Grand Design and Blue
Print on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, which will feature the
importance of strengthening partnership. the Blue print is overseen by
the SSC Coordination Team.
will provide guidelines and mechanism on the implementation of
Indonesia’s commitment to South-South Cooperation, particularly its
contribution to increased welfare in other developing countries. This
Blue Print and Grand Design will be officially launched at the High
Level Meeting “Towards Country-led Knowledge Hubs”, to be held on 10-12
July, Bali, Indonesia. This forum will be the first venue for around
200 policy makers and development practitioners from over 40 countries,
engaged in South-South Knowledge Exchange (SSKE) to learn about
Knowledge Hubs and how to strengthen their institutional capacity for
the scheme of SST Cooperation, Indonesia has been providing various
technical cooperation programs since 1980 for sharing experiences,
including on training, experience and knowledge exchanges, and
mobilization of civilian experts.
part of the commitment to assist the Asian-African countries to enhance
their capacity development, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam established
the NAM Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM-CSSTC) in
Jakarta in 1995.
Some of Indonesia’s flagship programs in capacities provision are, among others, in agriculture, food security, social protection, disaster risk management, democratization, good government, as well as Palestinian development. In addition, Indonesia has been undertaking a national program on large-scale community-driven development (PNPM-Mandiri).
closing, allow me to invoke the vision of OPEN (Ownership, Partnership,
Expertise and Nimble) contained in the independent report of the Senior
Advisory Group. Let us remain OPEN to new ideas, OPEN to new voices and
OPEN to new partnerships.
are looking forward to more substantive discussions within the PBC and
its country configurations, as well as working group on lessons learned
on how to materialize the strengthened partnership for civilian
capacities in supports of countries under its agenda as well as
countries emerging from conflict and in transition, in general.
I thank you.