June 8, 2010
Intervention by H.E. Madame Prof. Nila F. Moeloek, MD, PH.D, Special Envoy on Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) for the President of Indonesia, at the 49th Executive Session of Trade and Development Board UNCTAD
Mr. Chairman (President of Trade and Development Board, Ambassador Jean Feyder of Luxembourg),
Secretary General of UNCTAD (Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi),
At the outset, let me take this opportunity to congratulate the Secretary General of UNCTAD for the convening of this Trade and Development Board’s 49th Executive Session on LDCs and MDGs. I am particularly delighted and honoured to be invited in this Session in which I will serve as a panellist tomorrow to discuss deliberations in achieving the MDGs.
Due to the occurrence of the global food and financial crises, developing countries are now faced with the obstacles that arisen from such crises. The global reach of the crisis calls for prompt, decisive and coordinated action to address its causes, mitigate its impacts and strengthen or establish the necessary mechanism to help prevent similar crises in the future, and prevent millions of people from being driven into extreme poverty. Least Developed Countries, which formed integral part of developing countries, are not excluded in the journey to address the impacts of global financial crises, while at the same time meeting the Brussels Programme of Action (PoA) on LDCs.
On this note, Indonesia views the importance in maintaining a complementary relations between addressing the impacts of global financial and economic crisis and pursuing efforts to attain the 2001-2010 Brussels PoA. It is important to underline the need for an urgent mitigation of global financial and economic crises, particularly in relation to poverty and hunger eradication, and achieving sustainable development, and the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs. This coming September we shall have an MDGs Review Summit in New York to assist its progress.
On our part, Indonesia is committed to the eradication of poverty and elimination of hunger in the daily lives of LDCs through the convening of a Special Ministerial Meeting on MDGs in Jakarta, 3-4 August 2010. This upcoming meeting is intended to bring together notable Ministers from Asia Pacific countries, including the LDCs in the region. The meeting aims to find possible ways and means to not only attaining the MDGs, but also and more importantly to formulate new development paths. Thus, as earlier highlighted by Dr. Supachai, Indonesia shares the view of the urgent need to look for new development paths that is based by growth-oriented economic policy and the importance to build synergies in a regional and global framework.
Next year all of us will have the UN 4th High-Level Conference (HLC) on LDCs (LDCs IV). We believe that the LDCS IV in Istanbul in the coming year will serve as a major opportunity to further refine the global development agenda focusing on the special needs and concerns of LDCs. Therefore, Indonesia concurs with the view that developing countries need to work together with their developed partners in order to formulate targeted and development oriented outcome of the next year’s HLC on LDCs. By working together with UNCTAD, UN member states should aim the conference to produce implementable outcomes and generate ahead of the curve recommendations for LDCs. We have the chance to do so, and Indonesia stands ready to work together with related stakeholders to make it happen.
I thank you.
Geneva, 8 June 2010