H.E. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa
Ambassador/Permanent Representative of
the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations
47th Session of the Commission for Social Development
Agenda item 3
Follow-up to the World Summit for
Social Development and the twenty-fourth
Special session of the General Assembly
New York, 4 – 13 February 2009
Let me begin by congratulating you on assuming the Chair for this session and other members of the bureau on their election. We are confident that under your able guidance our deliberations will be productive. We also wish to associate ourselves with the views expressed by the distinguished delegate of Sudan on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
Indonesia welcomes the Secretary General’s reports and related notes prepared for this 47th Session of the CSocD, in particular the report on social integration, the priority theme of the present session. We share his views that social integration is an essential process to create an equitable and dynamic society that respects the rights of all.
As a plural society, Indonesia has always prioritized social integration which is necessary for overall national development. This principle has inspired and strongly influences our democratization process, much to the benefit of the poor.
To shield the poor from the negative social side effects of globalization, such as marginalization and exclusion, Indonesia has placed an emphasis on the creation of decent employment in order to lift the rural communities where they live out of poverty and facilitate their social integration. Along this line, the ultimate goal is the elimination of interregional disparities as part of our development process and as an important step towards achieving MDG 1.
To ensure productive employment and decent work, Indonesia has adopted a number of social protection measures such as the provision of basic pensions, work insurance, health and child benefits. The implementation of these measures by the Ministry for Labor and Transmigration, under Regulation No. 24 (2006), has special significance for informal workers who generally labor without the benefit of social protection measures.
With regard to special social groups, Indonesia is committed to implementing the National Plan of Action for Persons with Disabilities launched in 2004. This Plan aims to improve and increase facilities available to the disabled and to equip them for the world of work as well as provide them with the means to own and operate businesses. Gender is being mainstreamed in all these programs.
As for the nation’s youth, the Government is preparing to ratify a Law on Youth in 2009. Expressed through the National Policy on Youth, this law will address youth issues in a comprehensive, systematic and consistent manner. It will create the conditions for youth to reach their potential.
In the case of the elderly, whose numbers are increasing in Indonesia, the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action is highly relevant. Working through the National Commission for Older Persons and its related network of regional commissions, the Government has formulated and is implementing policies to help the ageing overcome poverty in their midst, look after their health and enjoy increased access to facilities.
Despite the social stresses being currently generated by the global crises, the Government of Indonesia remains fully committed to advancing its social development agenda. In response to the crises, the Government has introduced several measures to lessen their impact on the society. The 2009 national budget has been so structured as to reduce poverty and control unemployment by stimulating business activity and ensuring continued economic growth. The gender-sensitive National Program of Society for Self-Empowerment has also been established as part of a fiscal stimulus package.
Looking at the progress being made elsewhere, Indonesia welcomes the important stepsbeing taken by Africa in the social, political and economic arenas. We would urge international development support for the progress being made. NEPAD is allowing the region to work towards poverty eradication and to build development capacity.
In conclusion, Chairperson, my delegation would like to emphasize the following:
First, the social development processes of developing countries, including employment initiatives, should be supported by the donor community through free and fair trade, debt relief programs and increased ODA. The private sector can play a positive role in this regard.
Second, the Commission should prioritize the strengthening of national capacity-building so that developing countries can achieve the goals of the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development as well as the MDGs.
And third, greater emphasis should be placed by all stakeholders, including the UN System, on adopting a practical approach to social protection based on country-specific conditions.
I thank you.
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