Ambassador Yusra Khan
Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia/
Vice President of the Executive Board
of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS
First regular session 2012
New York, 1 February 2012
UNFPA Mission: The United Nations Population Fund is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
Members of the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS,
Executive Director of UNFPA,
At the outset, I would like to commend the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, for his insightful and comprehensive remark. I also wish to congratulate him for his leadership, and the progress made since the midterm review of the UNFPA Strategic Plan in 2010.
I align my statement with Algeria speaking on behalf of G-77 and China.
Indonesiawelcomes the new and more focused Strategic Plan, adopted by the Executive Board in September 2011, which will guide UNFPA in its work this year through 2013. By putting the right to sexual and reproductive health as the centre of the Strategic Plan, UNFPA ensures that reducing maternal deaths, and achieving universal access to reproductive health, including family planning, is going to receive sufficient attention, and resources.
To help mobilize support towards MDGs 4 and 5, Indonesia joined the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, launched in 2010.
The Government of Indonesia adapted the strategy to national circumstances by starting to provide free birth care for all mothers in the country last year. Considering the wide dispersion of our population, we firmly believe this policy will reduce the maternal mortality rate. To achieve this objective, we are aiming to double the funding for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, by increasing the allocation for the health sector to 5% of national budget from the current level of 1.9%.
The world’s population reached 7 billion in October 2011. The current growth rate of the world population poses multiple challenges now, and in the future. The figure estimates that by 2050, an additional 70% more food, and 60% more energy supply from the current level will be needed. Meeting such population requirements underscores the importance of family planning, which has been the primary method to hinder a global population explosion.
In this context, since the past four decades, to offset rapid population growth, the Government of Indonesia has implemented family planning programs, which has been able avert the addition of 100 million more people to the existing national population. However, efforts by every country to subdue a global population explosion need to be accelerated.
With regard to the global fight against HIV and AIDS, we can do more to combat its spread, including raising awareness, improving responses, and reducing infections.
Indonesiahas been taking such measures. In October last year, Indonesia launched its report on the 5 year implementation of Presidential Regulation No. 75/2006. The report shows that the national response has grown from a limited number of provinces and districts/cities involved in 2004, to reach 173 district and cities across 33 provinces. With the scale-up, and work of all partners in the past 5 years, the pace of infection has been slowed, and the foundations laid for increased out-reach and program effectiveness for the next planned period. If work continues on the same pace, the spread of infection can be slowed. However, an estimated 350,550 people would still be infected by 2015. Bearing that in mind, Indonesia needs to improve its efforts to be able to achieve MDG goal 6, and bring the HIV epidemic under control in Indonesia.
In this connection, women will certainly play a key role. An aspect of the UNFPA’s strategic plan, which Indonesia appreciates, is the strategic focus in the area of gender equality. It is crucial that UNFPA continue to work together with UN-Women in combating HIV/AIDS as well as the other dimensions of reproductive health.
In regard to the oversight policy, Indonesia wishes to encourage UNFPA to continue with steps to increase accountability, transparency, and addressing audit recommendations.
Bearing in mind the various challenges that the national governments are facing on population, we are looking forward to the decision to approve several country programmes during this session, including some for Asia and the Pacific countries, namely Islamic Republic of Iran, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Through the implementation of the country programme, we do hope it could help strengthen the implementation of the national priorities on population in the respective countries.
Before I conclude, let me echo the call for strengthening partnerships among countries, civil society, private sector, and other relevant stakeholders. We thank the Executive Director of UNFPA for presenting the case, and bringing the issue of population to the attention of the business, political, academic, and other leaders of society in the World Economic Forum in Davos recently.
As a middle-income country in transition, Indonesia appreciates continued cooperation with UNFPA with the support of partners. In April this year, Indonesia will be chairing the 45th Session of CPD, in which the support from UNFPA and other population partner would be very much appreciated. Furthermore, Indonesia also wishes to promote and strengthen partnership in the context of South–south and Triangular Cooperation. We do firmly believe that through a strong partnership, our endeavour to create a better future for the next generation will be successful.
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