Indonesia Supports the Reform of the United Nations (UN) through the Participation in UN70 Initiatives

Indonesian Delegation, consisting of Representative from the Directorate General of Multilateral Affairs of Indonesian Foreign Ministry and representative from Indonesian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, participated in the meeting of "UN70: Setting the Agenda for the New Secretary-General", held in Addis Ababa – Ethiopia on 4 - 5 April 2016. 

UN70 constitutes an inter-regional initiative initiated by the Norwegian Foreign Minister and has eight member countries namely: Norway, Indonesia, New Zealand, Jordan, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Colombia. 

The initiative is launched to evaluate various achievements and challenges faced by the United Nations in the last 70 years. The initiative also aims to prepare proposals containing recommendation for reform of the UN. 

The proposals is planned to be conveyed by Group of UN70 to the new Secretary General in the end of 2016. 

The meeting in Addis Ababa aims to approve several messages and key recommendations concerning priority issues of the United Nations reform to be conveyed the Group of UN70, and to prepare Foreign Ministerial Meeting of UN70 partner countries to be held in Oslo, Norway on 22 June 2016. 

In the meeting, the Indonesian Delegation affirmed the importance of the next Secretary General to strengthen the credibility and the relevance of the United Nations in dealing with various new challenges such as: international peace and security, and more complex human right issues.  

Indonesia also underscores the importance of getting support from other UN member countries towards various proposals made by the Group of UN70. 

The participation of the Indonesian Delegation in the meeting was motivated by the strong commitment of Indonesia for multilateral system played by the UN and by the active role of Indonesia in supporting and providing contributions to initiatives for reforming the UN.