September 13, 2017

Statement Delegation of the Republic of Indonesia Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council

Mr. President,

Indonesia aligns itself with the statement delivered by the Philippines on behalf of ASEAN. At the outset we commend the Special Rapporteur, Mr. Saad Alfarargi, for his report and his contributions to the work of the Working Group on the Right to Development.

Mr. President,

Indonesia  views that the realization of the right to development is  necessary than ever. Poverty and inequalities are major threats to development. In addition, violence and conflicts in many parts of the world are hindering the realization of the right to development, including political divide and impasse.

We support the view of the Special Rapporteur in his report that the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 and the Paris Agreement to Climate Change have given new impetus to the realization of the right to development.

Mr. President,

However, in order to implement these agendas, there should be political commitments and willingness from all member states towards the realization of this very fundamental rights. International cooperation and global partnership should be recognized by all states as essential elements. States cannot fulfill their responsibilities without effective cooperation.

Furthermore, mainstreaming the right of development in all UN bodies, development agencies and international development, financial and trade institutions in their work, is also very crucial.

Mr. President.

Indonesia commends the commitment of the SR to establish an open dialogue with all stakeholders and convening regional consultations, especially for States that have not yet recognized the right to development.

Finally, our delegation would like to pose a question to the SR. How will the Special Rapporteur assist the Working Group to solve the impasse and fulfill its mandate, particularly in finalizing the set of standards,  criteria, and operational sub-criteria?

I thank you.

Geneva, 13 September 2017

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