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Jakarta Post

Indonesia to push sustainable peace agenda during second UNSC presidency in August

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 25, 2020   /   06:33 pm
Indonesia to push sustainable peace agenda during second UNSC presidency in August An official looks at the empty chairs of leaders ahead of their participation in an open debate of the United Nations Security Council in New York, United States, on Sep. 20, 2017 . (Pool/AFP/Stephane Lemouton )

Indonesia will begin its rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in August amid the coronavirus pandemic that poses challenges to world peace.

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia would raise the theme of “Advancing Sustainable Peace”, which is in line with the previous year’s theme of “Investing in Peace”. The minister said the advancement of peace needed constant effort and attention.

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken up most of our energy and attention, let’s not forget to continue advancing peace because peace remains essential to our success in handling the pandemic and accelerating economic recovery,” Retno said during a press briefing on Thursday.

Indonesia is scheduled to host three events during its second presidency. The first meeting on Aug. 6 will discuss the UN Secretary General’s inaugural report on combating terrorism and cross-border crime.

The second meeting on Aug. 12 will discuss challenges to achieving sustainable peace and seek to unify efforts to attain it during the pandemic. Meanwhile, the third meeting, scheduled for Aug. 26, will focus on protecting civilians from cyberattacks.

Authorities have recorded an increase in cyberattacks against public facilities, including hospitals and airports, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Indonesia will also run at least 14 meetings to discuss peace efforts in various parts of the world, including a strategic report on the Islamic State (IS) as well as the extended mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)

Retno said Indonesia would strive to issue two documents during the presidency.

The first document will focus on adjusting approaches to handling people allegedly involved with terror groups through the Prosecution, Rehabilitation and Reintegration approach.

“The UNSC won’t only focus on law enforcement, but also attempts to rehabilitate and reintegrate former terrorists into society,” said Retno.

The second document will focus on women peacekeepers, as Indonesia seeks to encourage greater participation of women in peacekeeping efforts as well as the integration of gender perspectives into the UN’s peacekeeping missions. (dis)