Indonesia, UN Strengthen Coordination and Partnership

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  • Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa shakes hands with  United Nations Deputy Secretary General  Mr. Jan Eliasson at the UN Headquarters in New York, the US, on Monday (27/8). ANTARA/Ridhwan Ermalamora Siregar

    Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa shakes hands with United Nations Deputy Secretary General Mr. Jan Eliasson at the UN Headquarters in New York, the US, on Monday (27/8). ANTARA/Ridhwan Ermalamora Siregar

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta- A new mechanism for coordination of the strategic partnership between Indonesia and the United Nations system was established yesterday. The "Indonesia-United Nations Consultative Forum" brings together representatives of all the principal stakeholders in the Government of Indonesia and from the United Nations family of agencies with the aim of strengthening collaboration and coordinating the partnership, as stated by a press release received by Tempo yesterday, September 9.

    In his keynote address, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the Forum "attests to the commitment of the entire UN System and the relevant ministries and agencies in Indonesia to ‘Delivering As One’ both at the country and global levels." The Minister also highlighted three main points for the Forum to move forward. The Forum, he added, can "facilitate the alignment of the UN programs and activities with our national development agenda, ensure coordination and coherence of our work and prevent duplication of efforts, and facilitate the harmonization of UN mechanisms and procedures with our national systems and procedures."

    Director General for Multilateral Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Hasan Kleib, said the objective of this forum "is to strengthen partnership between the Government of Indonesia and the United Nations that is coordinated, goal-oriented, transparent and effective."

    UN Resident Coordinator Douglas Broderick revealed how he believed Indonesia "exhibits leadership across a specturum of UN priority issues – from peacekeeping to disaster reduction to health diplomacy" and added that "as Indonesia’s profile is raised on the internaitonal stage, we want to pivot to best support the government’s UN-related goals." Broderick also highlighted how the UN needs to change along with Indonesia’s, and the world’s changes. The UN will "commit to change" and seek Indonesia’s guidance on ways to change and "design an innovative partnership of cooperation between Indonesia and the UN to serve as a model for others and a stronger beacon of hope for the people."

    The opening session of the Forum addressed two main topics: updates on progress, challenges and opportunities of UN work in Indonesia; and the way forward. In accordance with its terms of reference, the Forum will meet regularly to coordinate on UN related activities in Indonesia and identify strategic opportunities for enhanced collaboration. The Forum will also provide mechanisms to address any bottlenecks and challenges, including through the establishment of working groups. (*)