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Statement by

Mrs. Dewi Savitri Wahab

Minister Counselor


Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia

to the United Nations


At the Economic and Social Council

on Organizational Session for 2010


New York, 19 January 2010

Mr. President,


Allow me to begin by, once again, expressing our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Government and people of Haiti, as well as to the families and colleagues of the United Nations staff who loss their lives in the devastating earthquake last week.


Mr. President, I wish to join previous speakers in congratulating you, a colleague from ASEAN, on your assumption to the presidency of ECOSOC for 2010. We are fully confident that under your very able stewardship, we will have a very successful deliberation of ECOSOC this year.  Likewise, I should like to congratulate the members of your bureau on their appointment. Indonesia stands ready to work closely with you and your team.


On this important occasion, my delegation also wishes to take this opportunity to express its sincere appreciation and congratulation to Ambassador Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg, for her skilled leadership and hard work as President of the ECOSOC for 2009.  Ambassador Lucas led ECOSOC at a time when the international community is pulling itself from global crises. Her very able stewardship, ensured ECOSOC to remain relevant, contributing to finding global solutions to the challenges we faced.


Mr. President,

It is unfortunate that 2010 has begun in a somber note. The earthquake in Haiti, exemplifies how years of development and progress can be annihilated in minutes by the brute power of nature.  Nevertheless the international community has shown great conviction, determination, and compassion in working together to address the massive destruction in Haiti.  By the same token, ECOSOC must demonstrate to having the equivalent qualities in addressing the many global challenges that awaits us in 2010. Global priorities require ECOSOC’s attention and concrete contributions. These include, following up on actions in addressing the global financial crisis, agreeing on solutions on climate change, and the attainment of the MDGs and global food security. ECOSOC’s success will solidify the United Nation’s role, as being a central forum in finding international solutions to existing global economic and social challenges.


Mr. President,

Indonesia welcomes the theme “Current global and national trends and challenges and their impact on gender equality and empowerment of women”, tobe taken up by ECOSOC’s 2010 high-level segment substantive session. This theme is appropriate given the multidimensional challenges that women still face including the impact of the financial and economic crisis. This is also in line with one of the seven strategic priorities of the UN Secretary General in 2010.


Indonesia also looks forward to ECOSOC’s second Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) to be held this year. The DCF is useful in reinforcing and promoting national development efforts, including towards the achievement of MDGs through South-South and triangular cooperation, as well as enhancing international policy coherence. It is therefore our hope that the ECOSOC substantive session will contribute substantively to the High-level MDGs Review.


In closing Mr. President, let me assure you of Indonesia’s full support and constructive engagement during your presidency of the Council.


Thank you.

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