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Jakarta Post

Indonesia helps formulate recommendations for new UN leader

  • Liza Yosephine
    Liza Yosephine

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 24, 2016   /  09:32 am
 Indonesia helps formulate recommendations for new UN leader For the sake of peace and security -- Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi attends a working meeting with House Commission I overseeing defense and foreign affairs at the House complex on Aug. 31. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Indonesia will offer a set of recommendations for the new UN secretary-general to encourage the global institution to be more transparent, effective, inclusive, accountable and efficient. 

"Indonesia together with Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Mexico and Uruguay have joined with Norway to compile a set recommendations, named the UN70 Initiative, to be conveyed to the new secretary-general," Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in a statement released by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Friday. 

The initiative was launched by Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in February 2015 to evaluate the 70-year history of the UN.

Expected to take office on Jan. 1, 2017, the new UN secretary-general is urged to adopt new approaches to respond effectively to humanitarian needs.

The recommendations also call for the new leader to continue pushing for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as advocate for human rights.

Ban Ki Moon, who has led the UN since 2007, will officially end his second term at the end of this year. 

An Indonesian delegation led by Vice President Jusuf Kalla is currently in New York to attend a series of meetings as part of the UN General Assembly's 71st gathering. 

Indonesia is campaigning for a non-permanent member seat on the United Nations Security Council for the period 2019-2020. (ebf)