June 2013


With support from star performer and FAO Goodwill Ambassador Anggun (see photo), more than 10,000 Indonesians have now voted in the UN “MY World” global survey for the post-2015 development
Join “MY World” Indonesia partners Anggun and Radio Republik Indonesia, Indonesian Future Leaders, Universitas Budi Luhur, Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Universitas Islam Negeri, Universitas Jambi, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Universitas Gajah Mada, Perempuan Khonghucu Indonesia Pusat, FOSNU Probolinggo, UNFPA Indonesia. UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Leo Burnett Digital Advertising Agency, MediaCom media agency: www.myworld2015.org and www.myworld2015.or.id



Indonesia & Environmental Sustainability: Walking the Talk?
FORESTRY MORATORIUM, EXTENDED: Above, forest cleared by logging. Below, excerpts from an Op-ed recently published in The Jakarta Post by Satya Tripathi, Director of the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) Jakarta - At a recent National Workshop on Indonesia’s Moratorium hosted by the United Nations, noted Indonesian ecologist, Dr. Sonya Dewi, likened the forestry moratorium to a durian. She spoke of its polarising effect. People either love it or hate it. While at first glance, it may appear difficult and prickly, when broken apart, it can yield nutritous and beneficial sustenance. The durian alone cannot provide for our sustanence. It neither covers all required nutrition, and each of us have preferences for or against it. Equally, there is no silver bullet that can please all stakeholders and address—in one fell swoop—the dynamism and complexities of balancing economic growth and environmental sustainability with social protection and equity. Reaching resolution and compromise acceptable to myriad sectors takes time, hard work, and an openness to accomodate other perspectives. We may all generally agree that we want progress or improvement, but we may not all agree on what that means, or the process through which we arrive at “better.” In the past two years, Indonesia has made tremendous progress in establishing a process to structure these discussions and arrive at a meaningful, shared solution. The value of the Indonesian process and its relevance to international negotiations is reflected by the country’s simultaneous leadership of the same on a global front, through President Yudhoyono’s position as Co-Chair of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The President’s extension of the moratorium for two more years affords Indonesia and, indeed, the global community, both the time and the momentum to fundamentally shift, together, how we operate and allocate natural resources in a more sustainable and equitable manner. We must also ensure the solutions that arise continue to be derived from inclusive, fair processes that give all of us a stake in our shared future. In this area, the recent verdict of the Constitutional Court that effectively separates forests long occupied by traditional communities from classification as state forests. The implications of this historic verdict will, no doubt, take time to filter through the system. Most notable among the implications will be in resolving and affirming contested tenurial rights. The verdict also contains the potential for empowering the rights of forest based communities to become more substantively engaged in sustainable forest management and supporting productivity gains for smallholders. President Yudhoyono’s decision to extend the moratorium for the next two years strengthens Indonesia’s leadership role at a number of key global negotiations. It does so by demonstrating through actions, not merely words, that this country is walking the walk on global environmental issues and not merey talking the talk. The unambiguous evolution of Indonesian policy on managing its natural resources and its environment since UNFCCC CoP 13 in Bali has been very well noted globally. In doing so the nation’s credibility and standing as a leading nation of the world has equally been enhanced immeasurably.




New York/Jakarta- The United Nations is opening its application process for the annual Young Professional Programme (YPP) Examination for 2013. The YPP examination -- which is held worldwide is open to qualified Indonesian nationals in 2013 -- tests substantive knowledge, analytical thinking, drafting abilities, as well as awareness of international affairs. Applicants must choose on one out of the following five job families for the exam: Administration, Finance, Legal Affairs, Public Information, and Statistics. Applications must be submitted online, through Inspira. https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=NCE
Arwinda joined UN headquarters from Indonesia through the 2003 exam

Administration, Finance Public Information: 3 June - 1 August 2013

Legal Affairs, Statistics: 8 July - 5 September 2013

Do you know anyone in Indonesia who has transformed thinking and action on nutrition? The Transform Nutrition Research Programme Consortium is inviting nominations to recognise any individual who has had significant success in transforming thinking or action on nutrition, at national or local levels. The global search is on for “unsung heroes” of nutrition – individuals who are innovating or influencing and whose work has started to make a real difference. www.transformnutrition.org/nutrition-champions-awards-2013/
Kids from Tanah Merah Kindergarden in North Jakarta enjoy their milk

"Think, Eat, Save: Reduce Your Foodprint” is the global theme launched for World Environment Day 2013. In Jakarta the Ministry of Environment and other partners will hold a four-day exhibition “Pekan Lingkungan Indonesia 2013” (30 May-2 June) at the Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC). UNIC Jakarta will be involved in a media seminar on the “Clean up the World” movement on 3 June in Pancoran, South Jakarta.  For additional activities, including in locations such as Depok, Bogor, Semarang, Medan, Denpasar, Purwokerto, see http://www.unep.org/wed/activities/

Change your behaviour and consumption patterns to preserve the environment



ILO: Working towards Sustainable Growth with Equity
Q and A with Emma Allen, principal author of the ILO’s most recent report on labour trends in Indonesia. What was the theme of the ILO report this year?   This year's theme is "working towards sustainable growth with equity". Employment is an important intersection that  brings together economic, social and environmental objectives. Sustainable employment is about improving the condition of the average worker by guaranteeing his health and dignity while taking into account the environmental concern. Furthermore, the ILO promotes What problems is Indonesia’s labour market facing? Is it all a positive picture? Economic growth has been unevenly distributed in Indonesia. Three urgent issues must be addressed: workers’ vulnerability, wage inequality and youth unemployment. Vulnerable workers typically work in the informal economy and lack decent working conditions. They have inadequate earnings, low productivity and working conditions that can undermine workers’ fundamental rights. On the whole, wages have increased, but the gap between average wages and minimum wages has narrowed. Women are also paid less than men and much of this pay gap can be attributed towards discrimination. The challenge now is ensuring that Indonesia’s growth is

“Employment in the manufacturing sector has been growing rapidly and is now higher (in terms of percentage and number) than it has been in over a decade.” Emma Allen

ILO Indonesia
equality of income and opportunities amongst genders and ethnicities. Indonesia’s economic performance over the last decade has been impressive. How has this affected the national labour market? A stronger economy allows for better employment opportunities. Over one million new jobs were created between August 2011 and August 2012. Unemployment has steadily declined while educational attainment is rising. As more people move to live in cities, the service sector continues to grow along with the manufacturing industry, while less people are working in agriculture. At the same time part-time employment is on the rise, representing almost 20% of the active workforce, and is playing an important role in expanding employment opportunities in the Indonesian economy. translated into sustained improvements in livelihoods. What aspect of your research did you find most captivating? Inequality and vulnerability are particular areas of interest to me. This year I focused a lot on gender. Indonesian women are paid 30 percent less than men and they are much more likely to be 'vulnerable workers'. Women are also vulnerable workers for different reasons than men. Women are three times more likely than men to be considered vulnerable workers due to their status as family workers, while men are more likely in vulnerable employment due to casual or own-account work. As it is much harder to transition from being a family worker to other work that is outside of the family unit, the gender dimension of vulnerable employment in Indonesia requires particular attention from policy makers.



HAND IN HAND ASEAN SG Le Luong Minh, Indonesian FM Marty Natalegawa and UN USG Vijay Nambiar (fourth, fifth and sixth from left respectively, front row) “hand over” the proceedings after the opening ceremony at Gedung Pancasila

Joint activities on Conflict Prevention and Preventive Diplomacy Proposed
Jakarta – A two-day ASEAN-UN workshop in April culminated with concrete proposals on joint collaborative activities between the two organizations. Participants in “Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Conflict Prevention and Preventive Diplomacy,” examined various cases of conflict prevention and preventive diplomacy in the Southeast Asian region and beyond, and discussed ways and means to strengthen the ASEAN-UN partnership in peace and security. The event, opened in Jakarta by Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh and UN Under-Secretary-General Vijay Nambiar was attended by senior government officials from ASEAN countries, experts from ASEAN strategic think tanks, ASEAN Secretariat officials and senior officials from the United Nations. The outcome document adopted at the end of the two-day talks proposed the establishment of a "new dedicated joint programme" between ASEAN and the UN for the duration of 2013-2014 for the purpose of the implementation of the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership, and identified specific joint activities that could be conducted under the joint programme. Activities highlighted for ASEAN-UN collaboration included, among others, assistance to the upcoming ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), strengthening the capacities of the ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat in “early warning, good offices, mediation and conciliation,” an engagement between the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the UN, and the drawing up of a roster of ASEAN experts and eminent persons “which could be of interest and benefit not only to the government and people of ASEAN, but also to the United Nations”.
“We all feel the urgent need for more effective conflict prevention and preventive diplomacy. As a way of creating a culture of peace, ASEAN has launched the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation in Jakarta which is aimed at conducting activities that are related to conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution.”

--Marty Natalegawa, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia


Build Skills and Self-Confidence through Volunteerism

Community development volunteers and women from the village of Meyes, West Papua

Q and A with Wendy Shapiro, Programme Officer for UN Volunteers in indonesia
What is volunteerism and what role does UNV play in it? “ Vo l u n t e e r i s m i s t h e s p i r i t o f m u t u a l cooperation, the glue that keeps together a society and as essential as air for a community. In 2001 the UN launched the first ever Volunteer Day. Ten years later volunteerism has finally been recognized as a fundamental part of the development agenda. People conceive of development as governmental or international programs that trickle down from top decision-makers; in contrast, UNV promotes a grassroots level approach, staying in touch with people and trying to connect local communities with the larger forces that will shape their future. This is why UNV is a unique program. We have a database of over 30,000 qualified individuals who are willing to lend their skills and time to work on a variety of projects, including the MDGs.” What is your vision for UNV’s work in Indonesia? “UNV Indonesia will continue to advocate with the Indonesian Government for the recognition of the special status of volunteers and the provision of funds to support their initiatives nationwide. At the same time, we want more discussion on the forms and kind of volunteerism that is most needed; all this while striving to enliven a dialogue with local communities. The people are our focus and technology is there to listen. We are confident we will be able to make the difference that will foster change which is needed.” How can I join UNV? “Everyone can join UNV initiatives by consulting the website www.unv.org. In Indonesia we have implemented the Youth Volunteers Program, which combines national and international volunteers with UN agencies on the ground for a maximum period of one year. Age is irrelevant and we encourage everyone to sing up online. We also have an online volunteer service for those wishing to work from home that can be accessed at http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/index.html. Are there other opportunities for volunteerism outside UNV? Volunteerism is helping others in your community and the chance to make a difference and spark change is always there. Internationally, one of the ! best volunteer opportunities in Asia is offered by the “ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme” launched in 2012 which links together the youths of Southeast Asian nations through a program of exchange.


Volunteers bring school materials to the children of Demaisi, Minyambou, West Papua




UNICEF: Fighting the threat of Malaria in Sumba
Sumba - Malaria cases in Indonesia have been reduced by 50% in the last ten years, but still malaria is a serious disease that needs to be scared of. 300,000 people need to suffer from malaria every year, and 4,000 of them are fatal. Those cases are mostly happening in Eastern provinces of Indonesia, includes Nusa Tenggara Timur. 100,000 of malaria cases occur among children, and that happened to Eta, a 6-year-old child in Nusa Tenggara Timur. The doctor confirmed that she was infected malaria falciparum - one of the worst kinds of malaria that attacks the brain - and which nearly took her life. "I thought she was going to die," said Deborah, Eta's mother, recalling how horrible she felt that night. The doctor then gave her a treatment with anti-malaria tablet called Artemisin Combination Therapy (ACT) in which he said if taken accordingly, she would be in good condition again.

With help from UNICEF, kids like Eta (center, with red shorts and shirt) are being treated and saved

After Eta’s treatment was completed, she was taken back to the health centre to be tested once again. The results shows that the malaria parasites were no longer detected in Eta’s body and it made her mother really happy. As this is still a common story for many mothers in Nusa Tenggara Timur and other Eastern parts of Indonesia, UNICEF and its partners have made critical efforts in order to fight and eradicate the disease in Indonesia. Such efforts are made by ensuring the availability of both insecticide bed nets in endemic areas to protect every single people and ACT drug treatment to prevents mortality and stops further spread of malaria parasites. All the efforts are called into service so that there is no more mothers like Deborah and child like Eta who have to suffer from the horrible sickness.

Eta looks on as her second blood test is taken

"Malaria is not only a responsibility of government, but it is also our responsibility; the responsibility of all Indonesian citizens." - Dr. Nafisah Mboi Indonesia's Minister of Health For more information on fighting Malaria, visit www.dukungunicef.org



Jakarta - UNICEF’s annual “State of the World’s Children” report this year focuses on children with disabilities. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake launches this year’s report on 30 May in Vietnam, together with a number of local and international partners. As part of the launch, UNICEF will hold a press conference involving the Minister of Social Affairs, Dr. Salim Segaf Al Jufrie, UNICEF Representative Angela Kearney and a young Indonesian, who despite living with a disability, has demonstrated outstanding capacities.

UNICEF Indonesia is organizing a national launch on the same day in Jakarta, in collaboration with the Ministry of One of the key findings of research done for the report is that in many countries there is not Social Affairs. enough information available on the living conditions of children with disabilities and the challenges they face in their daily lives . However, it is clear that many lack adequate access to education and proper health care, leaving them among the most vulnerable children in the world. The full potential of children with disabilities is being limited by social attitudes that focus on what these children cannot do, rather than on what they can offer. Often, children with disabilities are simply invisible, because they are hidden away in institutions.
Children with disabilities play together in a modified Physical Education session at SLBD Negeri Pasuruan, East Java.

UNESCO and Mayors for the Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
Yogyakarta- At the Sultan’s Palace in Yogyakarta, UNESCO recently led its first inter-municipality meeting with mayors from across Indonesia. The aim was to spread awareness of disability issues so that local disability services can be improved and disable persons can be better included in society.  Indonesian law protects and provides social support for disabled people. As in other parts of the world, the law is not sufficient to protect disabled people from social stigma, marginalization and discrimination. To amend this state of affairs, Indonesia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRPD) in 2011. The Convention is seen as a human rights instrument to foster legislative and social change, promoting a gradual shift in understanding and perception of disabilities. Disabled people should not be the passive recipients of charity; rather, they should be considered citizens entitled to rights and adequate services and as integral members of Indonesia’s social fabric.  UNESCO Regional Office has already carried out other inter-municipality meetings in Makassar, Aceh and soon in Banjarmasin. Along with the training of local officials, UNESCO is working closely with Disabled People’s Organizations, NGOs and the National Parliament. 

Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X (center), Yogya Mayor Haryati Suyuti (left), and UNESCO Director Hubert Gijzen



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: HLP on Post-2015 Development Agenda submits report to UN Secretary-General : “State of the World’s Children: Children with Disabilities” Launch, UNICEF, at Ministry of Social Affairs : UNDP Papua Human Development Index Report Launch : World Environment Day events, including “Pekan Lingkungan Indonesia 2013” (30 May-2 June) in Jakarta : Gol-Cluster Joint Contingency Plan Review Workshop (UNOCHA) : UNPDF DM/Resilience Working Group Monthly Meeting (UNOCHA) : YPP Exam applications for Administration, Finance Public Information: : Ministry of Environment “Gerakan Indonesia Bersih” Media Forum : Costing of Critical Enablers workshop (UNAIDS) : Press Conference of UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik : Mid-Term Review of High-Level Meeting Targets (UNAIDS) : World Blood Donor Day (WHO) : World Refugee Day (UNHCR) : UNCTAD World Investment Report 2013

: International Day of Cooperatives : World Population Day (UNFPA) : Nelson Mandela International Day : AJI-UNICEF Media Awards : National Children’s Day (UNICEF) : World Hepatitis Day (WHO) : International Day of Friendship (UNESCO)

: International Conference of Anti-Corruption (UNODC) : Youth Film Festival on Strategy of Corruption Prevention and Eradication (UNODC)

Think before you buy food. What is the environmental impact of your choice? Eat organic and locally grown foods and help reduce the clearing of forests for agricultural land Save! Every year, consumers waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes)

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