H.E. Ambassador Adiyatwidi Adiwoso A.
Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia
to the United Nations
Before the Third Committee
of the 62'~ Session of the General Assembly
on Agenda Item 62: Social Development
(a) Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development
and of the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly
(b) Social Development, including question relating to the world social situation
and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and family
(c) Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons: Second World Assembly
9 October 2007
Let me begin by extending my warmest congratulations in assuming the chairmanship of this year's session, as well as congratulate the other members of the bureau on their election. Be assured of Indonesia's support and cooperation in discharging your duties. I also wish to express my deepest appreciation to the previous bureau for the last session's work.
I also join others in expressing appreciation to the Secretary-General for furnishing us with comprehensive and detailed reports on the global social situation and social groups.
Indonesia associates itself with the statement by the distinguished representative of Pakistan on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
People centered development, as a key message of the 1995 World Summit on Social Development, remains as important as over a decade ago, affirmed by the internationally agreed development goals including the Millennium Development Goals.
Since the 1995 Summit, the world has made tremendous efforts to implement the Program of Action. While it is important to acknowledge the positive results, it is important that we don't lose sight of the uneven progress across and within regions. In my region of the Asia-Pacific, the social MDG targets remain a challenge even if great leaps were made in economic growth.
Viewed in this context, it is crucial that we use this halfway point to 2015 to urgently address the need for an enabling economic and social environment at all levels. Meeting international financial commitments and an international economic order favorable to a more people-centered globalization process is necessary. International financial institutions and international cooperation will be essential.
International cooperation is even more relevant as we face the daunting challenge of climate change. We know that some countries have already suffered the adverse effects of climate change for several years. No matter what, we need to prepare. Potential social risks need to be recognized. The Bali climate conference in December this year will be important in this regard.
Through these measures, we can ensure greater participation and integration of social groups, including migrants, youth, older persons and persons with disabilities in globalization.
Indonesia is concerned about the existing economic insecurity and inequality on the labor markets as presented in the report before us and as highlighted yesterday. The reports bring into the committee's attention the difficult work conditions migrant workers find themselves in. Migrants often have little means of legal protection against exploitation. This is especially true for women migrant workers.
In this connection, states should promote equal rights and opportunities as well educate the labor force to respect the rights of migrant workers.
For other social groups such as youth, urgent attention to address their high unemployment rate particularly in developing countries is needed. We must recognize that their capabilities and contributions are critical in shaping the future of the world.
On our part, Indonesia's commitment to improve the social condition of its people is reflected through our process of democratization. Indonesians want greater economic and social progress.
President Yudhoyono has aggressively aimed for "growth with equity". We are spending the highest portion of the development budget for education and health, and for anti-poverty programs.
Steps have been taken to enhance the quality of cooperative activities including developing small and medium enterprises.
I would also like to briefly highlight some recent developments pertaining to the various social groups at the national level.
In terms of promoting family, Indonesia's National Day on Family observed a few months ago, emphasized the link between peace in the family with peace in the nation. This important theme underlines Indonesia's strong adherence to the notion that the prosperity of a nation is directly linked with the health and vitality of families. On that basis, the Government of Indonesia aims to support families in acquiring their basic needs through a twin strategy that links the individual efforts of families with government policies on family.
Indonesia through its national action plan on disabilities continues to raise the public's awareness and recognize disabled persons as productive members of society. Limited vocational training has been implemented by the government to enhance the productivity of disabled persons.
The National Commission on Ageing established in 2004 has been working closely with the Ministry of Social affairs in spotlighting issues related to ageing nationally. The Commission is also working with provincial governments to address ageing at the local level, including through the establishment of local commissions on ageing.
My government also recognizes the role of youth in poverty eradication and seeks to empower them through education, training and other initiatives such as the Youth Employment Network.
We are also promoting corporate social responsibility. A law was recently passed by Indonesia's parliament to push natural resource based companies to be more socially and environmentally responsible.
Indonesia welcomes the adoption of the Convention on Disabilities, which Indonesia is a signatory party. This international legal instrument is a complement to the other two existing instrument on persons with disabilities. Their roles must therefore be equally distributed.
It is our responsibility to support the implementation of these instruments.
I mentioned earlier about the existing insecurity and inequality in globalization. Their
consequence on the implementation of commitments is clear. In this context:
* The United Nations should continue to prioritize strengthening of national capacity as its contribution to achieving the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and Program of Action as well as the MDGs.
* Coherence between the Commission on Social Development, ECOSOC and the General Assembly is essential. Furthermore, effective, efficient and transparent work of the UN's operational activities for development as well as in the work of regional commissions and the secretariat's continued support, particularly UN-DESA cannot be overlooked.
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