H.E. Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Republic of Indonesia
at the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the
Millennium Development Goals
New York, 20 September, 2010
I congratulate you on your assumption of the presidency of the 65th Session of the General Assembly.
I am confident you will lead our deliberations with great wisdom and skill.
I wish to also congratulate H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, for ably guiding the previous session of the Assembly.
This High Level Meeting on the MDGs is timely considering the fast approaching the MDGs 2015 target.
The urgency of this meeting is further accentuated by the turn of events in the past years that have stalled efforts on the MDGs.
As highlighted by the Secretary-General earlier, while some parts of the world are well advanced in meeting the MDGs, overall implementation is lagging.
We must ensure the multi-faceted, multi-dimensional and inter-connected challenges and crises that our world is facing should not derail our gains to achieve the MDGs.
This meeting reminds us that we have to stay engaged.
Indeed, we need to redouble our efforts.
Failure is not an option.
The adoption of the MDGs a decade ago was a groundbreaking moment.
Certainly, a major achievement of the United Nations.
The goals inspired a rebalancing of the security paradigm to strengthen development as a way of realizing freedom and peace.
Since their adoption, the MDGs have been a beacon for development policies, guiding development strategies at all levels.
Central to the successful transformation envisioned ten years ago are the mobilization of national, regional, and international efforts.
Each has a vital function to perform in a mutually reinforcing way.
First, at national level, each respective government need to create policies and have the fiscal space to accelerate and sustain progress.
The MDGs target also need to be included in our respective national development agenda.
However, more importantly, a mechanism to monitor the progress need also be put in place.
Not least, Governments should encourage all stakeholders to take ownership of the goals. This includes the private sector and civil society.
For our part, Indonesia’s commitment to achieving all MDGs target is strong and unwavering.
We have embraced the eight goals of the MDGs.
It is consistent with the basic fabric of our national development policies and strategies as well as being an important feature of Indonesia’s foreign policy.
We have made significant strides to improve water and sanitation, education and health.
We have also introduced a policy to provide free birth care for all mothers, in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health launched by the UN Secretary-General.
On climate, we are also implementing domestic actions to reduce emissions by 26% by 2020 and 41 % with international assistance. Intensifying actions to curb deforestation and enhance reforestation as well as promotion of renewable energy are key in this regard.
In some aspects of the MDGs, we are an early achiever. And we hope that further efforts will contribute significantly to reducing the maternal mortality rate, halting and reversing the spreading of HIV/AIDS.
Second, at the regional level, all regional organizations and initiatives can contribute by promoting coordination and cooperation among countries.
They should contribute to the attainment of the goals of the countries in the region.
There should be a mechanism to further monitor MDGs targets.
There should be a machinery to accelerate the remaining gaps.
We realize that not all countries in our region have fully achieved the MDGs.
As part of our responsibility to ensure the success of MDGs in our region, Indonesia once again held a Special Ministerial Meeting for the Millennium Development Goals Review in Asia and the Pacific: Run up to 2015, in Jakarta.
In this regard Mr. President, I have the honor to transmit to you the Declaration of the Jakarta Special Ministerial Meeting on the MDGs, as a concrete contribution of Asia and the Pacific countries to this High-level meeting.
The Ministers recognized that while Asia and the Pacific as a whole have made progress on some of the MDGs, there are still gaps between and within countries.
To address these gaps, the Ministers among others resolved to address the extreme poverty of the 900 million people that reside in Asia and the Pacific.
Asia and the Pacific countries reaffirmed their determination to achieve its commitments on social protection, financing and environmental sustainability not only through their strong individual conviction, but more importantly by engaging in honest partnership with all stakeholders.
Third, at the global level, genuine global partnership is imperative.
The MDGs is the project for humanity.
This is not only for the North.
It is also not for the South.
This is for all humankind.
The commitment of our developing partners should be fulfilled.
Innovative mechanisms in mobilizing resources should be further explored.
South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation should be further strengthened.
Ultimately, our long term objective is to have a prosperous, peaceful, safe and stable global society.
Achieving the MDGs by all is an important step towards realizing these long term objectives.
There is however still much that needs to be done now and post 2015. Achieving the MDGs by 2015 must not be our end goal.
Efforts to build on the MDGs must be continued beyond 2015. For this we must strengthen our national efforts and promote partnership at the global level in support of these efforts.
In closing Mr. President, the promise of creating global society that is prosperous, peaceful, safe and stable is one that must be fulfilled.
And today we have the opportunity to contribute to it. We cannot let it elapse.
This requires that all of us work together as part of the global society.
For the benefit of our people.
For our next generations.
For the sustainability of our Planet.
I thank you.
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