Minister of national Development Planning/
Head of National Development Planning Agency
Republic of Indonesia
H.E. Ms. Armida Alisjahbana
on Special Event towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
New York, 25 September 2013
May I begin by thanking the UN Secretary General for his report “A Life of Dignity for All” that I believed would become an important reference for further deliberations in shaping the post 2015 development agenda.
The concerted effort to create conducive environment for development and the elimination of poverty through the Millennium Development Goals has been started more than one decade ago.
Based on the MDGs report released this year, much progress has been made such as the reduction of the proportion of people living under extreme poverty, increase number of people gained access to improved drinking water sources and reduced mortality rates due to diseases such as malaria.
However, the achievement of MDGs is uneven and unequal among countries, as well as within countries. Looking at the progress of MDGs, it is apparent that we need to accelerate and redouble our efforts in achieving MDGs. Therefore we highly appreciate various initiatives introduced by multi-stakeholders, among others, ASEAN Roadmap for the MDGs, Every Woman Every Child, and MDGs Acceleration Framework.
Nationally, Indonesia has achieved much in its MDGs targets. However, a good deal of checklists remains to be ticked off such as elements of MDG 5, MDG 6 and MDG 7.To accelerate the achievement of MDGs, we have implemented National and Provincial Action Plan for the achievement of MDGs 2010-2015. We also have introduced a new poverty eradication program aiming at household, community, and small micro enterprise. In addition, Indonesia has launched MDG Acceleration Framework focusing on Improving Maternal Health.
Indonesia believes that pursuing MDGs should be supported by a strong and sustainable collaborative partnership, including the commitment of 0.7% of ODA levels as agreed at the 2002 Monterrey Consensus, and by creating enabling environment to make concrete the spirit of that partnership.
Allow me to convey Indonesia’s perspectives on the way forward for the post-2015 development agenda.
First, the world needs to once again act together in formulating a new global development agenda. An agenda that should take best practices and lessons learned from MDGs. The success stories should be replicated while the challenges should be addressed comprehensively.
Second, the new agenda should be shaped in the context of sustainable development while renewing our global partnership. A partnership which requires all stakeholders to have a common purpose to eradicate poverty in all of its forms.
Third, on the way forward, I want to emphasize the importance of an open, transparent and inclusive approach in the extensive discussion and outreach efforts particularly in the intergovernmental process. It is imperative that the UN system engages all member states to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda is member-driven.
Fourth, we should positively consider and take into account the report of the UN Secretary General in advance of today's meeting, which draws inputs, among others from the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Let us take this opportunity to act with decisiveness and ensure our promises to the future generations.
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