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OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
DELIVERED BY MR. YUDHO SASONGKO
PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
THE FIRST REGULAR SESSION 2013
BOARD OF UN WOMEN
New York, 24
Members of the Executive
Board of UN WOMEN,
Director of UN WOMEN,
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.
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.
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 countries 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
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.
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.
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
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
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.