H.E. Mr. Hadi Poernomo
Chairman of the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia
On Agenda Item:
Integrated and Coordinated Implementation of and Follow-up to the Outcomes of the Major United Nations Conferences and Summits in the Economic, Social and Related Fields; Follow-up to the Outcome of the Millennium Summit; and United Nations Reform: Measures and Proposal
68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
New York, 20 November 2013
I would like to express my delegation’s gratitude to the Secretary-General for his comprehensive reports pertaining to the agenda items we are deliberating.
In line with the reports , Indonesia believes that states have the primary obligation to ensure the promotion of the rights to water and sanitation by enacting relevant policies and legislation that uphold gender equality, vulnerable groups and anti-discrimination.
In this regard , Indonesia supports the integration of this issue into the Post-2015 Development Agenda , and looks forward to continuing efforts that ensure the promotion of the rights to water and sanitation at the global level.
On the issue of population and development , we note the importance of the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development beyond 2014. We welcome the plan to convene a Special Session during its sixty-ninth session.
Indonesia is of the view that the issue of population is essential , as it affects the course of national economic development. In this context , the assessment of the status of implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action during the forty-seventh session of the Commission on Population and Development in 2014 would be crucial to provide a solid foundation for the success of the Special Session.
On the issues of promoting participation of women in development , Indonesia is of the view that gender equality and women empowerment is an essential component for the development and needs to be integrated into the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
In relation to the UN Women Strategic Plan 2014-2017 , Indonesia wishes to reiterate its expectation that the Plan would serve beyond output and indicators of achievements for UN Women. It needs to identify the commitment and provision of UN Women in responding to the various challenges being faced by countries in line with the development priorities and needs of individual countries.
Indonesia supports continued efforts to ensure that the United Nations develops into a more credible and accountable body. The United Nations General Assembly plays an important role to promote global budget transparency by setting accountability standards throughout the United Nations system.
Indonesia supports the efforts to strengthen the UN's ability to fully implement its mandate and to ensure the effective implementation of all UN programs. Reform efforts must reflect the unique character of the United Nations. In this regard , efforts to promote greater accountability in the United Nations system, including through its internal and external oversight bodies, need to be continuously supported and enhanced by all relevant stakeholders.
Budget transparency and accountability are increasingly seen as an important precondition for effective governance. In addition to generating economic benefits , it also functions as a political expression of good governance.
To sustain good governance and rigorous budget accountability , we would like to emphasize the importance of having available accurate data and information in an efficient, cost-effective manner through information technology (IT).
We are pleased that Indonesia has established a national strategy to integrate outputs of IT systems. By this integration , outputs of all IT systems are stored at a national data center. Those data outputs can be on-line accessed , linked and matched by the Supreme Audit Institution. This mechanism, known as an electronic audit (e-audit), has been successful in systematically preventing and eradicating corruption. It is indeed very helpful in our national efforts to accomplish the Indonesian Dream of a zero tolerant and corruption- free country.
Strengthening SAI is also essential in promoting good governance. Efficient, accountable, effective and transparent public administration has a vital role to play in the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals , including the MDGs.
In this context , we urge the full implementation of the UN resolution 66/209 on Promoting the efficiency, accountability, effectiveness and transparency of public administration by strengthening SAI. The resolution is also crucial in enhancing cooperation between the UN and the International Organization of SAI.
Our leaders have adopted the Millennium Declaration as an oath to present and future generations to establish a world where everyone would live in dignity, free from want and fear . As we are approaching the post MDGs period , it is our fervent hope that the global development agenda beyond 2015 could also serve as an effective platform in gathering the political will and momentum behind the global effort of eradicating poverty through sustainable growth with equity. The development agenda should leave no one behind by ensuring equal opportunity and common prosperity for all.
I thank you.
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