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New York, 24 January 2013




Mr. President,

Members of the Executive Board of UN WOMEN,

Under-Secretary-General/Executive Director of UN WOMEN,

Distinguished delegates,


First of all, on behalf of my delegation, please allow me to congratulate you, Mr. President, on your election to chair this session. Let me assure you of my delegation’s full support for the work of the Bureau so that the current session concludes successfully in accordance with the program of work.


My delegation would also like to extend our appreciation to Madam Bachelet, Under-Secretary- General and Executive Director of UN Women, for her comprehensive remarks, and for the Report on “Operational Activities of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women”. We trust that the Report will serve as a useful basis for our discussion on how to strengthen UN Women’s advocacy, and the promotion of the rights of women.


Mr. President,


Indonesia recognizes the high expectations on UN Women. Since its establishment, there has been a steady effort to transform UN Women into a solid and fully functional UN organ. We must continue to bear in mind that fully carrying out UN Women’s mandate is a basic requisite for its success. Equally important is for UN Women to further progress on strengthening its capacity to deliver results in promoting gender equality, and women's empowerment. Your leadership, Mr. President, has been an integral part in this critical period of transformation.

With regard to UN Women’s work, there are different needs and capacity of countr
ies that have to be taken into account. In this context, we would like to emphasize that gender concerns of both developed and developing countries should be equally addressed by UN Women. We would like to reiterate that the Beijing Declaration, and CEDAW should continue to be the platforms that UN Women’s works are based on.

Indonesia has been active in the partnership and cooperation with UN Women, in our effort to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women in Indonesia. The recent successful visit of the Executive Director to Indonesia last December reflects our engagement to such partnership and cooperation. Likewise, Indonesia has consistently been active in the discourse of women’s issues at the UN, both at the normative level as well as operational activities.

Indonesia remains committed to support the work of UN Women. As a member of the UN Women Executive Board for the period of 2011 to 2013, we have actively participated in the formulation on the guideline of the operational work. To support UN Women’s work in 2012, we have doubled our contribution to core resources of UN Women with a total of 147,000 US dollars
as compared to the previous year. The same amount of contribution was pledged during the recent UN Pledging Conference for 2013 operational activities.


Mr. President,

As one of the main pillars for promoting and advancing the role of women in development, there are certain key challenges, also faced by other UN agencies, which UN Women needs to address early on to make its efforts a success.

First, on funding, as a member of the Executive Board, Indonesia supports and is ready to collaborate with other members to find a sustainable and innovative financing for the entity. Indonesia supports UN Women’s partnerships with the private sector, philanthropists, and various sources of non-governmental funding.

Second, with regard to staffing, given the fact that gender efforts have been taking place in developing countries, the recruitment of new staff and their distribution should reflect geographical balance.

Indonesia takes note of the proposed new regional architecture, and welcomes it as a manifestation of UN Women’s resolve to fully carry out its mandate. The regional architecture is also a reflection of UN Women’s effort to make further progress in strengthening its capacity to deliver results in promoting gender equality, and women's empowerment. It is our expectation, as already planned, that the new regional architecture
will be fully functioning by the end of 2013.

Third, with the adoption of 2012 QCPR, Indonesia wishes that relevant principles and recommendations contained therein can be fully reflected and implemented by UN Women’s activities for the next four years.


Mr. President,

Indonesia urges UN Women, as an evolving organization, to increase the synergy and connectivity of its work with other international and regional organizations, such as the OIC, NAM, ASEAN, and APEC. For the sake of that effort, it is imperative to take into account the various challenges still faced by countries in promoting gender equality, and women’s empowerment as well as the uneven success among States in achieving gender parity. 

With continued progress and improvement in mind, Indonesia wishes to offer its continued support for the work of UN Women.

I thank you.