H.E. Hasan Kleib
Permanent Representative of
The Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations
Agenda Item 108:
Report of the Secretary-General on
the work of the Organization
New York, 5 October 2010
Indonesiawelcomes the report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organization. We support the efforts of the Secretary General to discharge his mandate in full and in time.
The review of MDG had just been concluded. Our respective leaders had vividly expressed the progresses made so far. They also laid down measures to bridge the gap. We, community of nations, must therefore reenergize our determination to achieve the goals of MDGs by 2015. Key to this achievement is multi-layered partnerships and comprehensive approach.We must also recall that the World Summit 2005 stressed upon the three robust pillars of the UN: human rights; peace and security; and development and economic advancement. The three issues are closely inter-linked. One can not survive without the two others. This trinity of purposes must be kept.
Let me start with the first pillar, Human Rights and its ensuing subjects:
The monitoring, protection, and promotion of human rights are among the most important responsibilities of the United Nations.The global economic and food crisis have had devastating impact on the promotion of human rights. This demonstrates the interlink of the three pillars, as I stipulated early on. The United Nations must continue with its efforts to help Member States integrate human rights into their development efforts.
Our experience reveals that efforts to implement human rights will fail to bear fruits if there is a lack of an enabling environment. It is therefore mighty crucial that we establish good governance, strengthen rule of law, and reform key democratic institutions. Indonesia is embracing democracy, Islam, and modernization in the same breathe.The ultimate beneficiary of these efforts is surely not governments, but our respective societies.
The review process of the Human Rights Council in 2011 will give us ample opportunity to further strengthen this august body. It is pertinent to note that for the first time the UN body dealing with Human Rights is truly representing the diversity of the global community. It was not the case of its predecessor.
Moreover, Indonesia welcomes the creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and the appointment of Ms. Michelle Bachelet as its first USG. The key to empower women is to give them better opportunities, access to health and education facilities. So that, they become the principal agent of change, of progress.
The past few years have been marked by successive massive natural disasters. The United Nations’ capacity in the delivery of international humanitarian assistance must therefore be strengthened.
Now, Mr. President, on peace and security:
Indonesiafaithfully remains loyal to the ideals set forth by our 1945 constitution. We are duty bound to help to maintain a world order based on independence, abiding peace, and social justice.
There is no better way than to send our men and women to serve this noble objective under the UN peacekeeping umbrella. We strongly support the participation of more female peacekeepers and greater participation of women in peacebuilding.We recognize the difficulties and complexity of peacekeeping.The New Horizon process will give the provision of better and stronger peacekeeping wherever it may be needed in the future.
The progress that has been made in the efforts to combat terrorism, including the establishment of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, should not make us complacent. We must not to let our guard down on this global menace.Therefore, the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy merits our united support.
The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is truly historic, but much remain to be done.We are disappointed, however, that the Conference on Disarmament has remained stalled, and we look forward to its resumption of negotiations on the main substantive issues.
On issue related to regional peace and dear to us, the Palestinian question, we strongly support the recent resumption of direct negotiations between Palestine and Israel. Regrettably, the promising talks are now being jeopardized by Israel’s decision not to extend the moratorium on the building of settlements in the Occupied Territory.The United Nations, within the context of the Quartet as well as other members of the international community, must recognize this serious development and to take remedial actions.Indonesia, for its part, will continue to work with other members of the international community to assist the fate of Palestinians.
On the last pillar, Mr. President:
The report made cautious prognostic, with particular reference to the beginnings of a global economic recovery following the global experiences of the past few years.Indonesia shares the view that the chances of economic recovery are high if the need for strong commitment, leadership and political will on the part of Member States is fulfilled.
Moreover, climate change remains a major threat to equitable and sustainable development.Indonesia looks forward to COP 16 in Mexico, and urges Member States to work towards a consensus agreement that would effectively address climate change on the basis of the Copenhagen Accord and the progress made in the two working groups in COP-15.
I will conclude, Mr. President, with a few remarks on the organization itself.
Indonesiafirmly believes that confronting today's massive challenges required multilateral action with the United Nations at its centre. No single country, big or small, developed or developing, is equipped to meet those challenges on its own. Working together is therefore in the interest of all. The United Nations must continue to enhance cooperation with vital regional organizations, including the Association of South East Asian Nations.
The organization must also implement its reform agenda to the fullest, so as to ensure that its organs function at optimal level.The General Assembly must be revitalized, and the Security Council restructured to reflect present realities.Indonesia remains fully committed to playing its role and cooperating in the work of the United Nations as the platform and hub of a renewed global partnership.
I thank you.
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