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Jakarta Post

Indonesian FM Retno Marsudi receives UN Agent of Change award

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 21, 2017   /   04:25 pm
Indonesian FM Retno Marsudi receives UN Agent of Change award  Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 19, 2017. (Courtesy of the Foreign Ministry/file)

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi received the Agent of Change award from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Global Partnership Forum (GPF) at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

The award was given as acknowledgement of the work the minister had done especially to promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the handling of some global issues through humanity and peace diplomacy, according to an official release by the ministry.

Currently, Indonesia actively conducts efforts to resolve humanitarian crises, including in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Indonesia took the initiative in building communication with various parties including in Myanmar and Bangladesh.  

Indonesia has offered the 4+1 formula which promotes the importance of peace and stability recovery, refraining from using violence, indiscriminate protection and access to humanity aid.

Indonesia has also urged the implementation of the recommendation suggested in the Kofi Annan Report.

"This award will encourage me to work harder, for the people of Indonesia, for global peace and prosperity and for women across the globe," Retno said in her remarks.

Read also: Indonesia praised for Rakhine efforts during UN meetings

Retno Marsudi said that Indonesia would always be on the front line to promote dialogue through which conflicts could be prevented and differences could be bridged.

UN Women and the GPF said that as the first female foreign minister in Indonesia, Retno is a role model and an inspiration for millions of women in Indonesia and the world. (dra/bbs)