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UN in Indonesia January 2013

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January 2013
IN THIS ISSUE: 2012: The Year of HighLevel Visits 2013: A look at the Global UN Calendar WFP: A Legacy of Resilience in Aceh
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jakarta, March 2012.

BPS & UNICEF: High Mortality for Kids in Papua ILO: Boosting SMEs Human Rights Day: Disability in Focus NEW Information resources from the UN

Jakarta – A day-long event at one of the most popular shopping centers in the nation’s capital, Pondok Indah Mall in South Jakarta, attracted the attention of hundreds of holiday shoppers to view art displays and listen to musical performances by persons with disabilities. Aimed at promoting the right of persons with disabilities to be included in decision-making processes, the event was organized by Thisable Entreprise -- a local non-profit organization – with the support of UNESCO, ILO and UNIC Jakarta. Discrimination against persons with disabilities in Indonesia is prohibited by several laws, but many of the provisions of these laws are not fully implemented, say advocates of disability rights. “Everyone should be given equal rights and access to enjoy a better life,” said Murdaya Widyawimarta Po (former Chairman of the Special Committee on Anti-Ethnic and Race Discrimination at the Indonesian House of Representative) in his opening remarks. Disability issues will feature prominently on the UN agenda in 2013, in preparation for the General Assembly HighLevel Meeting on Disability and Development in September.

COUNTING, AND SOARING: The Jamaica Cafe’ a cappella band performs at PIM 2 Mall in South Jakarta as part of the “My Voice Counts” Human Rights Day Campaign. Photo: UNIC Jakarta / Ng Swan Ti


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Survey Shows Persistently High Mortality Rate for Children under 5 in Papua and West Papua provinces
Jakarta - The key findings of the Indonesia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in six selected districts of Papua and West Papua provinces were released recently. The survey, which was conducted by the Indonesia Bureau of Statistics (BPS) and UNICEF, includes important data on progress towards the achievement of the MDGs in the two easternmost provinces of Indonesia, and highlights, among other things, the persistently high mortality rate for children under 5 years of age, especially in highlands and rural areas of the region. Jayawijaya reported the highest under 5 mortality rate at 122 per 1,000 live births in 2011 -- while the national under-5 mortality rate in Indonesia was 32 per 1,000 live births in 2011.

Papua’s children under five: a long road ahead on health? Photo: UNICEF/J. Estey

“A fundamental principle of international human rights law is non-discrimination. This applies in all areas to all people. In terms of religion, the Constitution of Indonesia upholds this principle, stating that every person shall be free to choose and to practice the religion of his or her choice.” UN officials underscore Indonesia’s key global role
If there were an index correlating the frequency of visits by high-level UN officials with the strategic importance of a country, then 2012 would have cemented Indonesia’s reputation as a hub of increasing global importance. Across the spectrum of UN activities, from peacekeeping to human rights to development, many of the world body’s top representatives made a working visit to Indonesia in the past few months. Some highlights from 2012 are in the next few pages...

Navi Pillay UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Navi Pillay attended the 5th Bali Democracy Forum in November, then came to Jakarta as part of the first visit to Indonesia by a High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2008


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“We want to see an end to HIV transmission from mothers to children. We need to equip young girls, as early as possible, to make sure that they have the skill to protect themselves in a more responsible manner.” Michel Sidibé Executive Director, UNAIDS
Michel Sidibé meeting with the Head of the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto in Jakarta.

"Being young is about shaping your life, shaping yourself and believing in yourself, it’s about living your dreams. I believe the world will be a better place if we allow young people to determine their own lives and to be able to make choices about that life." Babatunde Osotimehin Executive Director, UNFPA
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin spoke at the Global Youth Forum in Nusa Dua in Bali in December

Michelle Bachelet visits the Penjaringan community in North Jakarta, December 2012

“Advancing women’s equality and empowerment offers real hope for our shared future. When women enjoy equal opportunity and participation, societies and economies grow healthier and stronger.”
Michelle Bachelet Executive Director, UN Women


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“Most cases of malnutrition are not due to a simple cause, but to a mix of factors. Indonesia has recognized this problem and now is implementing the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement with a very clear policy and some guidelines.” David Nabarro Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition
Dr. Nabarro takes questions fromThe Jakarta Post at UNICEF offices in Jakarta, December 2012

Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov during his visit to Jakarta on 7 December 2012.

"We will continue to support the national efforts in corruption prevention and eradication.” Yury Fedotov Executive Director, UNODC

Jakarta - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was marked in Jakarta just a few hours before the General Assembly vote granting nonmember observer status to Palestine at the United Nations on 29 November. The commemoration included a photo exhibit and musical performance at Taman Ismail Marzuki in Central Jakarta. H.E. Hasan Kleib, Director-General of Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, stated that it would be a historic moment when the United Nations General Assembly voted on the draft resolution to grant UN Non-Member State status to Palestine. “Indonesia welcomes and totally supports this move,” he said.


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WFP and Aceh’s ports

This article is part of a regional focus series on the work of the UN in Aceh and Nias.

Banda Aceh, Aceh - Almost exactly eight years ago, the infamous 9.3-magnitude quake struck Aceh. Since then, things have drastically changed for the Indonesian province: rapid response networks, tsunami warning sirens and communications systems linked to disaster response are in place to minimize loss of lives and livelihoods in case disaster should strike again. The Indonesian province bore the brunt of the disaster that claimed over 230,000 lives along the Indian Ocean -- so it was here in Aceh that that the international community and UN family agencies concentrated their efforts, rebuilding infrastructure, setting up early warning systems and providing intensive training on effective disaster response. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) -- the world's largest humanitarian agency assisting close to 100 million people a year -- carried out some its most complex operations ever in Aceh. WFP was among the first on the

ground to provide food aid to those in need, as well as logistics and telecommunications support to the entire humanitarian community. Within a week after the tsunami hit, emergency food reached more than 500,000 people. At the end of the operation, 175,000 tons of nutritious food were distributed in Aceh-- by sea, air and land -to 1.2 million people in 5,000 distribution points. What is unusual in WFP’s story in Aceh is the role it played in the immediate response and recovery but also in building back the province, in collaboration with its partners, to be more resilient to future disasters. Today key logistics personnel in airports and seaports -- as well as telecommunications staff and local administrators -- are part of this important legacy of resilience in Aceh province. Fadmi Ridwan heads the reporting division at Aceh’s Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BPBA. He stressed that the response and recovery

operations involving WFP in Aceh set a milestone in terms of disaster relief and risk reduction. “If WFP and other donors had not come in to help us, we might have needed 10 more years to develop the communications systems,” Fadmi said. WFP provided technical assistance and training to improve the skills of radio communication operators in high-risk areas. “To reach a dependable level, a radio operator should go through three months of training to achieve international standards. We could not do that alone.” Fadmi said. When a more recent 8.5magnitude quake rocked Aceh in April 2012, the sirens installed following the 2004 tsunami were sounded by BPBA staff. Fadmi admits that Aceh’s early warning system (EWS) still requires much improvement, and that more training is needed for BPBA staff. The districts of Gayo Lues, Aceh Singkil and Bener Meriah still have limited disaster communications (continues on next page)


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Left: T.A. Naziruddin, also known as Ampon, is port manager in Ulelheue, Banda Aceh. Port traffic has became more efficient, he says.

LEGACY OF RESILIENCE (continued from previous page)
facilities, he said, adding that disaster management needs to become a political priority by every district and by everyone. In the initial post-tsunami years WFP ran a shipping service to provide for the delivery of reconstruction materials from Medan to Aceh. This service operated across 30 locations, allowing access to remote areas and serving 84 different humanitarian actors, including government agencies. Since then, WFP’s focus shifted to training managers in the port facilities. “WFP operations traditionally phase out after the completion of the emergency and recovery periods,” said Coco Ushiyama, WFP Representative in Indonesia. “Aceh province is an exception to this pattern: after such a mega-disaster, WFP stayed on to strengthen local government and community capacities in disaster preparedness so that Aceh will be more resilient to future disasters,” Ushiyama said. Intensive training on port management provided by WFP has included the handling of logistics, the use of information technology, and the consistent maintenance of telecommunications systems and heavy equipment following a disaster. Some 230 key staff across 18 ports in Aceh have been trained, including T.A. Naziruddin, currently port manager in Ulelheue, Banda Aceh. “Previously, in Ulelheue Port there were inefficiencies in port traffic and arrangement of incoming and out-going goods and passengers,” said Naziruddin, also known as Ampon. “After I took control of Ulelheue Port and implemented all training materials provided by WFP’s Port Management Training, the flow of traffic and port activities became more effective and efficient and port staff were more professional.”


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ILO: Boosting Competitiveness and Productivity of Indonesia’s SMEs
Jakarta - “Yes, we are ready to move forward! We are ready to improve our companies from small medium enterprises to big enterprises! We are ready to set our goals!” Representatives of more than 200 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Jakarta and Makassar rallied to these slogans at a recent ILO’s workshop on “Effective Ways, Tips and Tricks to Achieve High-Productivity in SMEs”. The participants were also quick to define defining their first action to improve productivity after listening to testimony from ILOSCORE pilot enterprises. SCORE is an International Labour Organization programme that, through coaching delivered by training o r g a n i z a t i o n s , government agencies, industry associations and trade unions, improves the productivity and working conditions of SMEs. To date, it was rolled out to help develop sustainable workplace practices in 220 SMEs across seven emerging economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America, reaching some 12,000 workers. “I never had a meeting with my staff, so I will start with that,” said one of the participating SME representatives in Indonesia.

Communication in the workplace: essential to productivity of small and medium enterprises

“It is very important for both employers and workers of the SMEs to be committed to improve productivity, quality and workplace cooperation,” said Mudji Handaya, Director General of Labour Inspection, Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, citing the importance of SMEs for the country’s economic growth and job creation. Responsible workplace practices being promoted through this campaign have already been widely adopted by top international companies and have been successfully applied in Indonesian SMEs, over the last two years with the assistance of the ILO-SCORE programme. More than 80 pilot enterprises in five provinces (DKI Jakarta, Central Java, South Sulawesi, South East Sulawesi and East Kalimantan) have witnessed increased quality and productivity, improved motivation, and reductions in work accidents and sickness absence. The ILO-SCORE programme is funded by Funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The programme is also supported by the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo), national trade union confederations and the Dharma Bhakti Astra Foundation.

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The Future We Want – Booklet A focused political outcome document - the Future We Want - which contains clear and practical measures for implementing sustainable development. http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=400&nr=733&menu=35 United Nations at a Glance Up-to-date and factual information about the principal organs of the United Nations as well as its specialized agencies, funds, programmes, and other entities. http://www.un.org/publications ; also available on Kindle, and iTunes

Peace and Security
United Nations Peacekeeping: 2012 Year in Review From military observers in Syria to protecting civilians in DRC, 2012 was a big year for UN Peacekeeping. http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/news/yir2012.shtml#timeline

Economic & Social Development
Global Employment Trends for Women 2012 (ILO / UN Women) The gender gap in global labour markets showed some convergence in the last decade but increased after 2007, according to this report. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_195447.pdf Global Wage Report 2012/2013: Wages and Equitable Growth (ILO) Differences in wages around the globe and how they have been influenced by the economic crisis. It includes global and regional wage trends and statistics, as well as policy recommendations. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_194843.pdf

Human Rights

A Media Guide to the New United Nations Independent Experts and Mandates (OHCHR) The United Nations Human Rights Council has created new monitoring and reporting mechanisms. What are they? Who are the new independent experts? How can you contact them? h t t p : / / w w w. u n o g . c h / u n o g / w e b s i t e / n e w s _ m e d i a . n s f / % 2 8 h t t p N e w s B y Ye a r _ e n %29/50EB98E601666F49C1257AD700350174?OpenDocument Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Original Drafting Materials from UNOG Archives Several thousand pages of original and unique materials, including drafts of the Declaration, comments from governments and the general public, and material related to the implementation of the Declaration. http://libraryresources.unog.ch/content.php?pid=280454&sid=2310235#11996700

Humanitarian Affairs

Global Appeal 2013 Update (UNHCR) More than 700,000 people fled across borders in the first nine months of 2012, placing huge demands on UNHCR’s resources. The report contains valuable reference material for journalists. http://www.unhcr.org/ga13/index.xml Overview of the 2013 Consolidated Appeals (OCHA) Humanitarian action in 2013 aims to deliver aid to at least 51 million people in 16 countries who desperately need life-saving assistance. Risk Knowledge Fundamentals: Guidelines and Lessons for Establishing and Institutionalizing Disaster Loss Databases (UNDP) This report documents the experiences of the UNDP Regional Programme on Capacity Building for Sustainable Recovery and Risk Reduction (RP) in implementing disaster loss databases using the DesInventar methodology. http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/crisis%20prevention/disaster/asia_pacific/Guidelines%20and %20Lessons%20for%20Estabilishing%20and%20Institutionalizing%20Disaster%20Loss%20Databases.pdf


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JANUARY - Launch of “MY World” crowd-sourcing survey on post-2015 development - National consultations and thematic consultations on post-2015 development • 15-25 January - Visit to Indonesia of Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue • 17-19 January - Regional launches of World Economic Situation and Prospects • 21 January - Conference on Disarmament begins (Geneva) • 22 January - Launch of food waste campaign under save food initiative (Geneva) FEBRUARY • 6-8 February- Meeting of High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda (Monrovia) MARCH • 4-15 March - 57th Session of CSW, on elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls (New York) • 8 March- International Women’s Day • 2nd-3rd week- Meeting of High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda (Bali) • 22 March -World Water Day and GA High-Level dialogue on water cooperation • 24 March - World TB Day APRIL • 4 April - International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance to Mine victims • 8-19 April - UN Forum on Forests (Istanbul) • 22 April - (International Mother) Earth Day • 22-26 April - 46th Session of Commission on Population and Development, on the demographic aspects of new trends in migration • 25 April - World Malaria Day MAY - Final Meeting of Commission on Sustainable Development and Expected launch of HighLevel Forum on Sustainable Development - Expected launch of UNICEF’s “State of the World’s Children”, on children with disabilities -“Feeding 5000” events for Save Food Initiative • 3 May - World Press Freedom Day • 2nd-3rd week (date tbd)-Meeting of High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda (Bali) • 29 May - International Day of UN Peacekeepers • end May - Meeting of High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda & Submission of its report to the Secretary-General (New York) JUNE - 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva) • 5 June - World Environment Day and launch of report assessing environmental impact of food waste. • 8 June - World Oceans Day • 13-14 June - G8 Summit on Food Security (UK) • 25 June - 20th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action • 26 June - International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture • 26 June - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking • end June - Secretary-General’s Report to the GA on MDGs and post-2015 Development Agenda (New York) JULY • 1st week - High-Level Segment of ECOSOC: Science, Technology & Innovation, and potential of culture for promoting sustainable development & Launch of 2013 MDG Report (Geneva); • FAO UN4U event at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, • 18 July - Nelson Mandela International Day AUGUST • High-Level international Conference on Water Cooperation (Dushanbe) • 12 August - International Youth Day • 29 August- International Day against Nuclear Testing



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SEPTEMBER - Regional Population Conferences for Asia-Pacific - Human Rights Council 24th Session - Disability Convention Conference of State Parties - Launch of MDGs Task Force Report - Post-2015 synthesis report on views expressed in national/thematic consultations and “MY World” global conversation • 15 September - International Day of Democracy • 16 September- Social Good Summit • 21 September - International Day of Peace • 23 September (week of)- UN General Assembly - General Debate; UN GA High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development; General Assembly High-Level Event on the MDGs; Special Events on Every Woman, Every Child; Education First; Zero Hunger Challenge; Scaling Up Nutrition and other initiatives; Treaty Event. • 26 September - High-Level GA Plenary Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament. • 27 September - Launch of IPCC 5th assessment report on Climate Science (Stockholm) • 30 September - 4th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1888 on Women and Peace and Security, addressing sexual violence in conflict OCTOBER - Meeting of the Committee on World Food Security - UN4U campaign • 5–7 October - APEC CEO Summit Indonesia 2013 (Bali) • 15 October - International Day of Rural Women • 16 October - World Food Day, on food waste • 17 October - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty • 24 October - UN Day • 24-30 October - Disarmament Week • end October - Briefings by the Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights at GA 3rd Committee NOVEMBER • 11-22 November - Climate Change Conference (Poland) • 25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence begin • 29 November - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People DECEMBER • 1 December - World AIDS Day • 3 December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities • 9 December - International Anti-Corruption Day • 10 December - Human Rights Day • 18 December - International Migrants Day

The United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation (Resolution A/ RES/65/154) will raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. UNESCO has been appointed as the lead agency.

The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the United Nations. The information herein may be freely reproduced. UN IN INDONESIA is published electronically by the United Nations Information Centre, Jakarta. e-mail: unic.jakarta@unic.org


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