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Statement by

H.E. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia
to the United Nations


on Agenda Item 3
Progress Towards Sustainable Forest Management”


New York, 20 April 2009


Mr. Chairman,

Since this is the first time my delegation is taking the floor for this session, allow me to congratulate you on assuming the Chair for UNFF-8 and other bureau members on their election. We are confident that under your guidance and leadership, UNFF-8 will achieve a successful outcome. Indonesia will extend its fullest support and cooperation to you in the execution of your duties.

Indonesia would like to associate itself fully with the statement made by Sudan on behalf of the G77 and China. Let me take this opportunity as well to thank the Secretary General for providing a valuable report on developments in achieving the four global objectives on forest and implementing the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on all types of forests. These insights which will be helpful for our deliberations.

Two year ago in this building, we, the 192 member states of the United Nations, commemorated the adoption of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests. Those forest instruments that make up the Non-Legally Binding Instrument were, collectively, the first global agreement ever in the area of forest. We can be justly proud that after two decades, we have finally reached an important milestone during our course of action in the area of sustainable forest management. Yet, we believe that what we have achieved so far is merely the starting point for a much more challenging work ahead. That work is to translate our commitment into real action. This, in our view, calls for stronger will and greater collaborative efforts.

For many developing countries, including Indonesia, their commitment on forest instruments is embedded in existing policies and legislation. On that basis, there should no longer be any doubt about their commitment to implementing sustainable forest management.

This commitment has been demonstrated at the highest political level. In 2007, the President of the Republic of Indonesia took the initiative, together with other leaders and heads of delegations of rainforest countries, to establish a like-minded group of Tropical Rainforest Countries known as the Forest Eleven (F­11). The group is committed to cooperating among themselves to slow, stop and reverse the loss of forest cover and to promote the rehabilitation of degraded forest lands, forest management and conservation. To that end, the F-li now reaffirm their commitment to promote the contribution of forests to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, in particular poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

We are now finalizing our cooperation framework. This will allow us, based on our comparative advantages, to further develop and explore areas of cooperation such as research and development, capacity building, public participation and community-based management, and financing for forestry issues. F-il forestry issues will include also protected areas management and ecotourism, environmental services and the use of remote sensing for monitoring deforestation and forest degradation. In our view, this example clearly illustrates, the extent and depth of developing country commitment to implement the forest instruments.

Mr. Chairman,

To implement the four global objectives contained in the forest instruments, many developing countries have to overcome serious hurdles. Many are hindered by the absence of effective legal and policy frameworks and adequate financial resources. In particular, attention should be paid to the inadequacy of financial resources, weak law enforcement and governance systems, deficiencies of their institutional frameworks, lack of valuation of forest goods and services, as well as information, research and technology transfer obstacles that limit their capacity to implement forest instruments.

It is regrettable that the lack of agreement on the financial mechanism and other means of implementation during UNFF-7 has served to undermine national efforts to implement forest instruments. As a result, two years of opportunity to embark on implementation have been lost. We therefore urge that our development partners fulfill their commitments to support the efforts of developing countries to implement forest instruments through financial assistance, capacity building, research and development, and transfer of appropriate environmentally sound technologies.

As mandated by ECOSOC Resolution 2007/40, in which our commitment is clearly stated, this forum should try to make history by taking the right decision on developing a financial mechanism that ensures the mobilization of new and additional resources to implement forest instruments and to achieve the four global objectives on forests.


Mr. Chairman,

One of the review mechanisms for implementation of the forest instrument and global objectives is the submission of voluntary national progress reports. In our view, this report should not only address the state of implementation of forest instruments but also refer to efforts to strengthen the capacity of developing countries with limitations to implement forest instruments. To guarantee the quality of these voluntary national reports, Indonesia recommends that they replicate the model of the Annual Ministerial Review of ECOSOC which will allow them to cover national efforts and the state of implementation of forest instruments. All stakeholders should adopt this model, including our developments partners as well as any Collaborative Partnership on forest. To this end, the forum should provide developing countries with the guidance and assistance needed to prepare the report to be presented during the session.

Mr. Chairman,

In conclusion, let me reiterate that the commitment of all member states to implement forest instruments is very clear. The main obstacle is how to translate this commitment into real action. In this forum, we should demonstrate our firm resolve and political will to realize the forest instruments.

I thank you.

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