March 6, 2017
STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA ANNUAL FULL DAY MEETING ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO REINFORCE CHILDREN’S RIGHTS THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION, FOLLOW-UP AND REVIEW OF THE 2030 AGENDA ON THE 34TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL *
Indonesia is fully committed to the promotion and protection of children, as all 17 SDGs touch on the lives of children and 13 of them are particularly relevant to children. For Indonesia, SDGs provides another opportunity to continue integrating child perspective within the national development agenda. Through SDGs, Indonesian government is tasked to improve its policies, programs and measures to address the existing challenges as well as to expand its reach for children from the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.
Learning from the past implementation of MDGs, we realize that progress has always been uneven between regions and among social groups across Indonesia. This is due to, among others, the current decentralization process in Indonesia that has put local governments and institutions at the forefront of delivering basic services including services for children. The local government’s roles on child protection starts at birth with the responsibility to ensure the issuance of birth certificate and identity of a child. The obligation of the Government is gradually increased as the child develops and grows, and mandated to provide health services, education as well as protection. At the same time, adequate infrastructure, both physical and non-physical has to be put in place across Indonesia to support local institution in rendering services for children.
Indonesia has taken step to address this challenges. The current government under President Joko Widodo has affirmed the promotion and protection of children as one of the main development priorities. The National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2015-2019 focus on the Child Protection Strategy under three cluster. First, to improve access of all children to quality services to support their survival and growth. Second, to increase protection of children from violence, exploitation, neglect, and other harmful practices. Third, to improve the effectiveness of child protection institution, among others, by strengthening child participation in policy development.
This Strategy covers the entire lifecycle of a child and targets the critical stages in the child’s life. The cycle starts from providing relevant protection and specific services during pre-natal, and then during the first one thousand days of an infant, and continues to the first ten years of their life, and during adolescent year.
Based on aforementioned observation, for Indonesia, today’s discussion should not only focus on the normative framework, but also highlights challenges faced in delivering services to the children. We would like to hear more from panelist on other best practices collected in their work regarding measures to improve effectivity and transparency in delivering mechanism as well as in investing the necessary infrastructures to promote child’s rights.
Geneva, 6 March 2017
*delivered by Mr. Sulaiman Syarif, Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia