September 14, 2011

Statement by Indonesian Delegation at the 18th Session of the Human Right Council Panel on the Realization of the Human Right to Development

Madame President,

Allow me to begin by pledging Indonesia’s staunch commitment to the full enjoyment and effective realization of the right to development. Indeed, our advocacy of this right goes back several decades and we have always attached great importance to seeing it established on a par with other fundamental rights. In making this statement, Indonesian delegation aligns itself with the statement made by Egypt on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and Pakistan on behalf of the OIC.

We fully concur with the view that development is about global partnership in providing access to opportunities towards the constant improvement of human wellbeing in such a way as to guarantee citizens’ freedom from want and the fear of deprivation and to allow them to live in dignity.

Therefore it is pertinent to place the right to development at the heart of development policies and programmes in developing countries as well as to internalize it among marginalized segments of society in developed countries.


Madam President,

In the past 25 years since the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development in 1986, much has been achieved in the promotion and implementation of the right to development. However, much more still needs to be done.

For our part, at the national level we continue to implement a “growth with equity strategy” which promotes pro-growth, pro-job and pro-poor development policies and is guided by the vision of sustainable development. We firmly believe in the impact of development on the full enjoyment of human rights and in the strong linkage between development and the fulfillment of our human rights obligations, as we also believe in the inseparable nature of the economic, social and cultural rights of our citizens and of their civil and political rights.

Meanwhile, at the international level we shall continue to support the work of the Working Group and to cooperate with other states, regionally as well as globally, to develop sustainable partnerships towards the realization of the right to development. This also includes the urgent need for global governance reforms, which entail democratisation, participation, transparency, accountability, and non-discrimination at the international levels and international decision making processes. At this point, allow me to ask the panelists on how the HRC and its mechanisms can contribute to the global governance reform of International Financial Institutions in order to facilitate the promotion of the right to development globally.

Thank you.


14 September 2011

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