H.E. Mr. Hasan Kleib
Deputy Minister for Multilateral Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairsof the Republic of Indonesia
on Contributions of Women, the Young, and Civil Society
to the Post-2015 Development Agenda
New York, 6 March 2014
Allow me to begin by thanking you for convening today’s event.
Indonesia aligns it self with the statement delivered by the distinguished representative of Bolivia, speaking on behalf ofthe Group of 77 and China
Development is a right to be enjoyed and performed by all people: women and men; young and old.
However, we are all aware that even in this day and age, many are still excluded in the development process, which hasled to the increasing inequality and social injustice, and become a major barrier in the achievement of sustainable development.
A repeating theme that we continue to hear in response to social injustice and rising inequailty is inclusive and equitable development for all. It is now a timely juncture to table options that would carry through that theme, and reflect the will of our citizens; empowering and enabling them to fulfill their own potentials.
We need an inclusive and equitable oriented agenda that can ensure the concerted efforts to eradicate poverty,and answer the long-term development challenges. And as highlighted by the 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development last month, Indonesia wishes to emphasize the importance of empowermentas the key to eradicate poverty, enhancing social integration as well as ensuring full and productive employment and decent work for all – the three core goals of the 1995 World Summit for Social Development.
In this context, my delegation wishes to highlight severalissues related to women, youth, and the role of civil society that need further attention in our deliberation on the post-2015 development agenda:
First, with regard to the participation of women and girls in development,the MDGs have indeed made a significant contribution to empowerment of women and girls. However, it focused main lyon the qualitative achievement of thebasic requirementsfor poverty eradication, healthandeducation. Therefore, mainstreaming gender perspective into the design, implementation and evaluation of public policiesis crucial in the post 2015 development agenda. This action need to be further coupled with enhanced international cooperation in the promotion of economic empowerment of women including their ability to generate incomes, ensuring equal accessto financial support, and capacity building in areasrelated to productive resources, opportunities and public services.
Second,witht heir large number,youth is a social group that needs to be reckoned with. Young people should be engaged to play an active role as contributing stakeholders. The role of youth as a transformative force to support the society towards sustainable development. The emerging challenges that we are facing is the alarming rise in the number of youth unemployment that threaten to hamper sustainable development. In this regard, a comprehensive global strategy on youth and employment should be a priority issue that need to be further reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.
Third, there is a need for strengthening international cooperation for women and youth, including the availability of financial resources through, among other, the fulfillment of the commitments on ODA, access to information and technology as well as capacity building of national institutions. International actions is needed for creating microfinance programs focused on women and youth that could support the scaling up from micro enterprises to SMEs.
And Fourth, with regard to the contributions of civil society in the implementation of the post-2015 Development Agenda, in line with the spirit of the Rio+20 Outcome Document, there is a need to establish a strong enabling environment to ensure all members ofcivil society could actively engage and participate in sustainable development.
Strengthening good governance main lyon accountability, transparency, public participation as well as sound judicial and legislative institutions areessentials in ensuring this objective. Besides the enabling environment at national level, the strengthening of good governance at global levels is also crucialto ensure effective participation of all stake holders in supporting eradication of poverty and sustainable development that is imperative for the attainment of the post 2015 development agenda.
Let me conclude, Mr. President, by reiterating the important role and contribution of all members of society, both as beneficiaries as well as agents of development. There should be no woman, man, or child is marginalized or left behind in the process of development. Indonesia therefore fervently hope that this two-day deliberation could provide concrete recommendations to advance the contribution of women, youth and civil society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
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