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Jakarta Post

Arguing for difference on indifferent council

  • Fitriani and Maria M. Widhia Putri


Jakarta   /   Tue, August 4 2020   /  01:00 am
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)

This is Indonesia’s second year sitting as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), raising the question as to whether Indonesia has made a difference on the council. If Indonesia has yet to make its mark, perhaps this August, during its UNSC presidency, the country can leave a lasting legacy. It is a difficult period for members of the UNSC, as rivalries between great powers straddle its ability to issue substantial resolutions that can bring about global peace and order. We witness violence committed by armed groups, pandemic, territorial disputes intensification, as well as regional and domestic political posturing that the council chooses to sit on the fence and watch. Of course, it would be a tremendous burden, if not entirely unfair, to expect Indonesia to save the world alone while the great powers choose to stall or fight among themselves. N...