Mr. Budi Bowoleksono,
Deputy Director General for Multilateral Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
Before the High-level Conference
on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
New York, 13 December 2007
At this moment, permit me to firstly express our deepest condolences to the loss of at least 10 UN Staffs and many others in Algiers owing to the gruesome terrorist’s act. We extend our sincere prayers to the families of the deceased that are left behind and insist that individuals and/or parties responsible and linked to this unlawful act must be brought before justice.
As for our meeting today, allow me to welcome and thank the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Srgjan Kerim, the Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro and the Guests of Honour for their presence and support to CERF. I also would like to extend Indonesia’s appreciation to the hard work of the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. John Homes, and the entire staff of the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Indonesia appreciates the opportunity to take part in this High-level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The Fund has been playing an important role in the humanitarian work of the United Nations since its launching in 2006. The purpose of this conference, however, is to mobilize financial support from the international community to allow CERF to deal with humanitarian crises, caused by natural or man-made disasters, during 2008. The target for its 2008 work is $450 million. Given the track record of CERF to date, this appears to be a reasonable demand that is being made of the international community.
As a beneficiary of CERF humanitarian work since 2006, Indonesia offers its full praise and support for what the Fund has been able to accomplish during the two years of its operation. As disasters are occurring with greater frequency in these times, there is much work ahead of CERF as it implements its mandate.
There are those who point to areas of the Fund’s mode of operation that need to be strengthened. Indonesia supports any measures that will allow the Fund to establish its credentials as a rapid response mechanism. Because of the life-and-death nature of the humanitarian crises caused by disasters, CERF should operate with unquestionable efficiency. In that respect, we are well aware that CERF is currently addressing all such matters. Improvements have already been made.
Indonesia’s appreciation for the work of CERF resulted in a donation of $100,000 in 2007. Fully aware of the Fund’s target for 2008 and concerned of the increasing frequency with which disasters are occurring, Indonesia will provide an additional $100,000 to CERF in 2008 while urging all member states to contribute whenever possible.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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