Co-Chair’s note
H.E. Ambassador Desra Percaya

Informal Briefing
Report of the Secretary-General on
Civilian capacities in the aftermath of conflict

November 19, 2012

 

Introduction by Ambassador Desra Percaya


Thank you Ambassador Rishchynski.

First of all, I would like to join Ambassador Rishchynski in thanking all of you for attending our informal briefing this afternoon despite the short notice.

I express my warm welcome to Madam Susana Malcorra, the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Civilian Capacity Review in our midst. As mentioned by Ambassador Rishchynski, Ms. Malcorra will brief us later about the report of the Secretary-General on Civilian Capacity in the Aftermath of Conflict (A/67/312).


Colleagues,

Following the GA Resolution 66/255 on Civilian Capacity in the Aftermath of Conflict that was adopted in March this year, much important work and consultations have been undertaken. As the Secretary-General developed his report a number of very useful exchanges were held. Consultations were also carried out on the development of the online tool, CapMatch.

We appreciate the efforts by the CivCap Team in engaging and consulting with the wider Member States and relevant stakeholders both within and outside the UN System in the making of the report. We commend their work in trying to ensure that the overall civilian capacity agenda is based on transparent and inclusive consultations, in particular with the UN Member States.

Indonesia welcomes this collaboration, which is essential for a genuine implementation of the GA resolution.

Throughout this important exercise, our work should continue to be based on the spirit of mutual respect, transparency and good faith between the Secretariat and Member States.

For Indonesia, our steadfast support and contribution on the enabling of global civilian capacities stems from our constitutional mandate to actively contribute in the maintenance of international peace and security.

An effective outcome of the review of civilian capacity will help to strengthen global peace. Thus Indonesia will continue to support steps, which tangibly assist the countries emerging from conflict in their journey of recovery and help build sustainable peace.

We do stress that all help to the countries requiring it must be firmly embedded in the national ownership principle, and the nationally identified priorities must be the blueprint for support.


Colleagues,

As you would be aware, the SG report A/67/312 is in pursuance of the GA resolution, which requested for a report on the matter by the SG.

Out preliminary view is that the report, while it contains many useful proposals, it could have recommended more on how to broaden and deepen the civilian capacity from the Global South. In that regard, support from the UN in reinforcing and helping to draw capacities through South-South and Triangular cooperation could have been elaborated.

We believe that the Peacebuilding Fund can be of critical importance to that end. Indonesia has been underscoring the role by the Fund in assisting countries from the Global South in their efforts to assist post-conflict countries in their national capacity development.

There are indeed other avenues as well through which the international community can bolster practical support to the post-conflict countries and those in crises.

This informal meeting and the formal ones to take place at the GA plenary, and the relevant Main Committees, the C-5, the C-34, as well as the Peacebuilding Commission provide opportunities to Member States to express their views on the measures outlined in the report and propose their way forward.

My delegation very much looks forward to participating in these discussions.