Information stand on UN Day
The UN in Indonesia marked United Nations Day with a special event hosted by Universitas Budi Luhur (UBL) in South Jakarta that celebrated both the achievements of the organization and the important contributions that Indonesia has made to the United Nations.
Indonesia's role at the UN during the week was reaffirmed through its re-election for a second term to the UN Human Rights Council, and the country remains one of the top 20 contributors to the UN's peacekeeping operations, with close to 2000 police, military experts and troops currently in the field.
Indonesia has also made significant progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), reaching the MDG target for rates of tuberculosis in 2011, and halving the rate of child mortality, among others.
Delivering the keynote address, Indonesia's Director General for Multilateral Affairs and former ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Hasan Kleib, spoke about Indonesia’s role in international peacekeeping operations.
“Indonesia, as a peace-loving country, will continue to contribute to international peacekeeping operations. To send a peacekeeper is an added value to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as it raises our credentials, and to bring attention to Indonesia’s role in peacekeeping,” he said in his keynote speech.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Douglas Broderick, further reflected on Indonesia's role in the international community, urging all Indonesians to continue supporting the principles and values of the United Nations.
Mr. Broderick also commemorated Haitian international peacekeeper Dr. Mario A. Agustin with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal in the Service of Peace. Dr. Agustin died whilst in service to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) in 2012. For his service to the United Nations, the medal was presented to his Indonesian family, represented by his widow, Maretta Suderia.
Closing with a panel discussion on Indonesia's role in the UN's international peacekeeping operations, featuring Captain Sandra Michiko Moninkey, who served as a UN peacekeeper with UNIFIL in Lebanon in 2009 and the Head of Research and Policy Development for International Organisations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fikri Cassidy.
The event was organised by UNIC Jakarta and UBL - a Indonesian partner in the UN Secretary-General's Academic Impact initiative, and included the participation of the Indonesian Peacekeeping Training Centre (Pusat Misi Pemeliharaan Perdamaian TNI, PMPP). “Today we witnessed the importance of all sectors of society coming together to celebrate the values of the UN, from Governments, academic institutions, uniformed personnel and youth,” said UN Information Centre Jakarta Director Michele Zaccheo.
UN Day is celebrated each year on 24 October, marking the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945 - the founding document that formally established the United Nations.