STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF NDONESIA – Interactive Dialogue with SR on Adequate Housing

March 2, 2017 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,
I thank the Special Rapporteur and the Independent Expert for their reports. We would like to focus our statement on the issue of Adequate Housing. Since the visit of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing to Indonesia in 2013, the report of SR on Adequate Housing was translated into our national language and widely disseminated, in particular to related authorities at national and sub-national level.
The Indonesian Government continuously seeks to promote housing finance policies and programs that also aimed to enable home ownership for low-income households. The policies are embedded in our Long-Term National Development Plan of 2004-2025 and further elaborated in the Medium-Term Development Plans of 2015-2019.
The Housing and Settlement Areas Law 1/2011 provides a legal framework to advance the housing provision for low-income residents. These include fiscal and tax incentives, permits insurances, land and public utilities provisions, and land title registrations.
The National Movement for One Million Houses announced in 2003 is being implemented. One highlight was that in 2016 a number of 805.169 house units for low income households were established. This exceeded the targets of One Million Houses Program of 2016 of 700.000 house units for low income households and 300.000 unit for others.
In addition various land certification programs to improve land and housing ownership, including for those living in rural areas are being promoted. Currently, drafts on National Housing Savings Act and Government Regulation on Housing Finance System are being finalized. These will further strengthen the government’s efforts in providing compliance assurance of adequate housing to its people.
With regards to the informal settlements areas, the Indonesian Government in close cooperation with the World Bank established Slum Alleviation and Policy Program  project, focusing on improving the living stmandards of the people in slum areas.
Mr. President,
We would like to ask a question to the Special Rapporteur regarding her recommendation in the report. What forum do you think can facilitate an international high level meeting of States, financial institutions, human rights bodies, civil society organization to design astrategy for engaging financial regulatory bodies and actors in the realization of the goal of adequate housing by 2030?
Moreover, could you provide more example on trade and investment treaties that recognize the paramountcy of human rights, as well efforts in ensuring that States are fully empowered to regulate private investment in order to fully implement the right to adequate housing.
I thank you, Mr. President.

Geneva, 2 March 2017