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What has Indonesia achieved in UNSC?

  • Adlini Ilma Ghaisany Sjah

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Jakarta   /   Sat, July 27, 2019   /  10:21 am
What has Indonesia achieved in UNSC? United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres (second from left, seated) donned a tenun shirt in the Indonesia-chaired UNSC meeting on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 in New York, United States. (Foreign Ministry/File)

Indonesia has now been sitting as a nonpermanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for six months, a position it greatly coveted and campaigned for during Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi’s term in office. But has it made worthwhile achievements on the council? Indonesia has so far used its seat on the Security Council in much the same way it conducts foreign policy: Emphasizing dialogue and the image of neutrality over making substantial moves. While Indonesia has duly voted in favor of many UNSC resolutions which were unanimously adopted so far this year, when it comes to conflicting views within the council, Indonesia’s preference is apparently to abstain instead of boldly standing for or against a policy issue. This hesitancy can be seen in how Indonesia reacted to the UNSC vote on draft resolutions on Venezuela in February. The United States and...

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