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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivers his World Population Day message

Jakarta - With world population expected to reach 7 billion later this year, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has released a video message congratulating the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners for their work on population issues. Responding positively to population challenges will be key to Indonesias future success, the President said.


Peter Van Rooij

Q: ILO recently held its 100th International Labour Convention in Geneva. What's important about the centenary? A: Its a milestone. Any round number like 100 is a good moment to celebrate success. In terms of the agenda items, with the first international convention to protect (Continues)

Indonesia, as the fourth most populated countries in the world, has adopted well-planned population growth policies. Family planning is a critical element of the policies No country can do it alone in tackling the population challenges. Thus, regional and global cooperation on population is important I hold the view that the next economic war or conflict can be triggered over the race for scarce resources, if we do not manage the population challenge together -President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono-

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(Continued from p.1) domestic workers, this is another reason it is a milestone. We also had an agenda item on social security, which is gaining more and more attention across the world. Another interesting agenda item was on labour inspection to realize the importance of effective and efficient labour inspection throughout the globe. Q: The President of Indonesia was in attendance, for the first time ever. How significant was this? A: Its very special because symbolically marks the progress which has been made in Indonesia over the years. Indonesia is the first country in the Asia Pacific region that has ratified the eight ILO core conventions. Indonesia was also the first country in the world to come up with a national Global Job Pact. Q: Why is a Global Coalition for Youth Employment so crucial, and what do you hope it will achieve in countries like Indonesia? A: Youth employment is a challenge in many countries, even those without major financial challenges as such. (Continues)

Kupang - School dropouts and unemployed youth in coastal fishing communities of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province are benefiting from a joint initiative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to teach vital business skills. The ILOs Education and Skills Training (EAST) project (funded by the Government of The Netherlands) and FAOs Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (RFLP, funded by the Government of Spain) are collaborating to provide vocational training to 100 out-of-school youth in province and districts of Kupang.


The programme was recently praised by the NTT Governor, Frans Lebu Raya. Youth empowerment is a valuable addition, one that will contribute significantly to the welfare of families in fishing communities, he said after seeing some of the products made by graduates of the program at the NTT Province Development Exhibition in August. ILO EAST and FAO have already trained 18 instructors in how to provide vocational skills that meet market demands. Participants in these workshops are first trained to identify employment and business opportunities for youth, using special community employment assessment tools. Using the community employment assessment tools developed by ILO EAST, trainers who graduate from this programme make a comprehensive need assessment, based on market demand. Participants have already shared the results of their research for two districts in West Timor (Kota Kupang and Kabupaten Kupang).


(Continued from p.2) In Indonesia, we have been working, with the Government, employers, and workers for the last decade on the subject. Whilst we are doing this in a number of countries, we could take it a step further by coming up with a global coalition. Coalition is a word that should be underlined because it means also teaming up between different partners such as Government, workers, employers, international organizations, and perhaps others as well. This is a great moment to bring those efforts together. The Indonesian President, when he was in Geneva for the 100th International Labour Conference, actually called for such global coalition.

Six sectors were identified as having special promise for youth employment: seaweed farming, computer services, small ships/fishing-boat engine and equipment repairs, agriculture and fisheries food processing production, fiberbased manufacturing for fisheries sectors, and trade. Following the survey, vocational and entrepreneurship training were provided for 100 school drop-outs and unemployed young people in the communities, under the joint collaborative effort of ILO and FAO. They receive tools and equipment necessary for their business, as well as technical support and mentoring from FAO on product quality improvement. As of September 2011, some 64 young people had started their small business, with more to come.


Minister of Health H. E. Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih opens health security event

GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY: ASIA PACIFIC Jakarta Minister of Health H.E. Endang Rahayu Sedyangsih opened a three-day workshop and table-top exercise organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 13 September. Supported by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, the event aimed at furthering cross-sector dialogue on public-private collaboration for health security in the Asia Pacific region. WHO Assistant Director General Dr. Keiji Fukuda called it an opportunity for business to address critical risk management issues of global and regional health emergencies. Participants included representatives of ASEAN countries, Australia, China, and the Republic of Korea, as well as multinational companies, aid agencies, civil society groups and the media.



Project Coordinator for a Gender-Responsive Approach to Reintegration and Peace Stabilization, Pilot Project South Aceh


Siti Ruhanawati, nicknamed Ana, is a hands-on field manager who keeps close tab on things to ensure the smooth operations of the UNDP project in South Aceh. From her base in the highland town of Tapaktuan, Ana supervises a small but diverse team of people who are dealing with a close-knit Acehense community, some of whom were traumatised by

decades of sectarian conflict. She said the most satisfying part about her job is when she witnesses the fruit of her labor, first hand. I enjoy seeing transformation amongst women who used to be passive members of society, into more confident individuals, said Ana who completed her Master in Development Management in the Philippines. A recipient of

Asia Development Bank scholarship, Ana has built career in community development and research since 1997 when she was a student at University of Gadjah Mada. Ana spends her spare time doing gardening and watching inspirational Talk shows such as The Oprah Winfrey show and Kick Andy.


Jakarta On 5-6 September 2011 The ASEAN Intergovernmental Comission on Human Rights (AICHR), in conjunction with UN Women, held a seminar in Jakarta with the team Towards Achieving Substantive Gender Equality to discuss the latest developments in the international normative frameworks on gender equality and womens Human Rights. The seminar aimed to help participants gain a better understanding of the principles of non discrimination, substantive equality, and state obligation as prescribed in CEDAW; share international good practices on compliance with CEDAW in selected areas of womens human rights; and make recommendations to the AICHR on its possible actions on gender equality in ASEAN. Panelists and speakers at the seminar included members of the ASEAN secretariat, AICHR members, experts on CEDAW, legal advocates, and representatives from UN women. Representatives from each ASEAN country were present at the meeting, including members of the ASEAN Declaration on of Human Rights drafting group.



KERIS students during a critical-incident immersive training exercise


KERIS, immersive computer-based training for Indonesian police, prosecutors and judiciary possible., said primary course trainer Dick Barton, from the National Policing Improvement Agency of Bramshill Police College in the United Kingdom. This type of experiential learning is at the top-end of studentcentered learning. During a KERIS exercise, students are divided into teams and placed in rooms. As they react to a disaster as it unfolds on their computer screens, their decisions monitored by close-circuit TV by trainers in a control room. By recording everything that occurs, KERIS allows trainers and students to gain deep insights into decision-making. Students and trainers in Ms. Haryantis session came from

Semarang - Named after the traditional mystical Indonesian knife, KERIS is a cutting-edge computer-based learning system based in the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC). Funded by the European Union as part of UNODC project, KERIS uses written documents, closed-circuit video and audio feeds to train law enforcement and disaster relief officials. It monitors their real-time decision-making during critical incident exercises and can also be used for operational and investigative training. KERIS training is cutting-edge and intense . Students are immersed in an experience that provides an intensity as close to the real thing as

various Indonesian National Police training establishment including Detective Training School, Senior Management Training School, Female Police School, Intelligence Training School, and Junior Management Training. UNODCs Transnational Crime and Criminal Justice Project is a three-year project on designing and delivering training programmes at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation and is funded by European Union with the implementing partners from Partnership for Governance Reform, National Policing Improvement Agency of UK, Charles Sturt, University of Australia.


Fifty years after the death of Dag Hammarskjld (18 September 1961) , Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has written about the former UN Secretary-Generals legacy, focusing on UN peacekeeping. Hammarskjld understood that the Organizations relevance lay in its ability to constantly adapt to new challenges, Mr. Bildt writes in his essay, adding that peacekeeping is perhaps the most prominent example of that adaptation. Many developments have fundamentally changed the premise of UN peacekeeping since its birth during the Suez Crisis, broadening the agenda of UN peacekeeping and adding

numerous other actors. These developments have included the rise in infra-state tensions (previously kept in check by the Cold War), globalization, and the emergence of regional organizations that according to Mr. Bildt sometimes complement, sometimes duplicate the functions of the United Nations.


Nations plays in global peacekeeping. On the contrary, it is an affirmation of the importance of the task itself, Mr. Bildt writes. The United Nations will still provide legitimacy for necessary actions and be the primary coordinator of the international response to future global and regional crises. In all its diversity, the United Nations will still be the main forum for the international dialogue on peacekeeping, conflict prevention, and conflict resolution. As of July 2011, Indonesia is contributing nearly 1,700 uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping operations around the world.

UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjld in Gaza, December 1958 (UN Photo)

The increasing number of international actors, as well as the broader agenda, do not depreciate the role and importance that the United

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Three years ago, Indonesian housewife Ibu Odah had little knowledge of legal affairs. Now, the mother of two is at the forefront of a legal fight against domestic violence in the remote island of Ternate, in the North Moluccas province. With the knowledge and expertise that she has acquired, Ibu Odah is now able provide free legal advice to victims of domestic violence in Tobololo village. As a trained paralegal, Ibu Odah has so far handled three cases of domestic violence and succeeded in bringing them to the local judicial court. Within her community where domestic violence is viewed as a private affair, this is seen as a remarkable achievement and a positive beginning. Not long ago, domestic violence was usually handled within the family according to adat laws (social customs). Ibu Odah is one of thousands beneficiaries of the Government of Indonesia and UNDPs Legal Empowerment and Assistance for the Disadvantaged (LEAD) project which seeks to expand access to justice for all Indonesians, but particularly for the poor and marginalised.



Beneficiaries of LEAD Project in North Moluccas province undergoing capacity training

The project, which is funded by the governments of the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, helps to increase the awareness of the poor of their legal rights, as well as to develop the capacity of government and nongovernmental actors to better serve and protect the rights and interests of the poor. In a recent statement, LEAD National Project Director, Diani Sadiawati, who is also the Director of Law and Human Rights in Bappenas

UNDPs implementing partner in Indonesiasaid that adequate legal services and capacity development can help disadvantaged communities, women and citizens with low education levels take control over their lives. In Ibu Odahs village, her domestic violence campaign has resulted in a breakthrough for womens rights in the island of Ternate, especially anti-domestic violence efforts. One of the cases she handled involved an

unmarried couple and she was able to push for a legal convictions from the judicial local court despite shortcomings on the antidomestic violence law which had previously been applied only to married couple. Ibu Odah hopes that other women in her community will follow in her footsteps, and that in the future there will be many more people like her working for social justice.

DEMOCRACY DAY FORUM HITS THE AIRWAVES Jakarta- Honoring the UN General Assembly resolution to celebrate the International Day of Democracy, the Voice of Indonesia service of Radio Republik Indonesias (RRI)-with the collaboration of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)held a live radio talk show on 15 September to analyze strategic issues for strengthening and deepening shaping popular uprising in democratic governance with the North Africa, the Middle East input of young people. and other parts of the world in the course of 2011. Youth and democracy was Youth and democracy cant be theme of this years global separated, they are like two observance, a clear nod to the sides of the same coin, said important role that the H.E. Andi Mallarangeng, aspirations of young people Minister of Youth and Sports, have played in the one of the panelists at the transformational events



forum. The minister talked extensively about the role in social media in connecting young people and helping them to voice their opinion, but he also cautioned that social media can be a way to avoid the face-to-face interaction in a healthy democratic society. The Indonesian youth movement is very active said Edwin Leo Mokodompit , Youth Desk Coordinator of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESC. At the same time, he pointed out, much of this action takes place in the countrys great urban centres, leaving rural youth feeling isolated. Youth also need to understand that participating in democracy is not only about rights, he warned, it is about our responsibilities, like getting our education.

democracy by H.E. Mr. Biren Nanda, the Ambassador of India to Indonesia (who also made the news by announcing a Memorandum of Understanding between his A good democracy consists of country and Indonesia for a balance, a combination of the increasing international size of participation and the exchanges between youth in quality of political democratic the two countries). Youth play discourse, according to Dr. a vital role in conducting our Ignas Kleden, the Chairman of democracy. Political parties are Indonesian Community for now seeking to grow younger Democracy (KID). Dr. Kleden generations of leaders, he emphasized that the quality of said. democratic discourse needs to be improved through education, Part of the Diplomatic Forum and to this end he has been series on VOI, the discussion active in a democracy school was moderated by Ms. Anna movement that gives young Trijayakasih of RRI and UNIC people training in the basic Director Mr. Michele Zaccheo. knowledge, values, and skills Young people across the world needed for participation in are increasingly demanding democracy. Some young participation in society and people believe that they cannot accountability in the decisions run for office if they do not have about the management of their a lot of money, Dr. Kleden said, future, Mr. Zaccheo said in his Education was one of the key but if you believe that, you opening remarks.How to areas identified by all speakers have lost already. harness their strength, their as key to promoting democracy. talents and their vision to For the protection of human An interesting perspective was support democratic systems rights that underpin democratic added by the insights into the and promote development is societies, Mr. Andi Taletting workings of the worlds largest crucial knowledge.

Salahuddin of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said there is a real need for professional trainers in human rights at all levels of society.

VOIs Diplomatic Forum is a monthly live radio talk show to discuss issues of relevance to the international community

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Approximately USD 1..4 billion each year is provided through UNDP alone to support democratic processes around the world, making the United Nations one of the largest providers of technical cooperation for democracy and governance globally.



UN CALENDAR 1 October: International Day for Older Persons 3 October: World Habitat Day 4 October: UN4U presentation with WHO at Atmajaya University, Jakarta 5 October: UN4U presentation with UNHCR at Universitas Indonesia, Depok 10 October: World Mental Health Day; UN4U presentation with UNV at Universitas Budi Luhur, Jakarta 11 October: UN4U presentation and talk-show with UNIC at President University, Bekasi 12 October: International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction; UN4U presentation with WFP at Universitas Indonesia, Depok 13 October: UN in Indonesia Staff Induction Day; World Sight Day; UN4U event with UNICEF at Padjadjaran University, Bandung 16 October: World Food Day 17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 18 October: UN4U presentation with UNODC at Universitas, Semarang, Central Java; UN4U presentation with ILO at Universitas Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan 18-20 October: World Food Day event in Gorontalo with MoFA, Ministry of Agriculture; WFP launching of Provincial Food Security and Vulnerability Map (TBC) 19-21 October: Regional Consultation on Strengthening the Role of Family/Community Physicians in Primary Health Care, Jakarta (WHO) 19-22 October: 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR), Yogyakarta, supported by UNFPA 19 October: UN4U presentation with ILO at Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Jakarta 20 October: UN4U presentation with CAPSA and WFP at IPB, Bogor 21-29 October: Youth Millennium Drive at Universitas Gajah Mada Faculty of Medicine, Yogyakarta, in collaboration with UN4U campaign. 22 October: UN4U presentation with WHO at ITB, Bandung 24 October: UN Day; Diplomatic reception at MoFA, Jakarta (TBC); UNCT Volunteer activities coordinated by UNV (TBC); UN4U presentations with UNDP at UGM Yogya and ILO at Universitas Riau 25 October: Anniversary of Mentawai Earthquake 27-28 October: UN in Indonesia Operations Management Team retreat November Highlights 16 November: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Indonesia 23 November: UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova in Indonesia


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