President SBY joins UK PM in first Video Conference

President SBY joins UK PM in first Video Conference

Jakarta : Indonesia | Aug 30, 2012 at 4:53 AM PDT
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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono holds a press conference on the evening of 29th August 2012, after participating in the first video conference of Co-Chairs of the UN High-level Panel of Experts, along with UK PM Cameron and Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf and moderated by Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Jan Eliasson. For Indonesia, this was a historic event, and also it was a discussions about making history on the future of the international development agenda post 2015.

In his explanation, SBY stated that the Co-Chairs exchanged each of their views on the missions, visions and the concepts that would and could replace the MDGs at 2015. From the discussion, it was clear that the Co Chairs shared many commonalities and the main purpose was to reduce scarcity, poverty and the improvement of welfare of nations and to conduct sustainable development.

In order to achieve sustainable growth with equity, SBY stated the importance of economic growth that was inclusive, attending to the needs of equity and equality. He added that much had been accomplished to achieve the MDGs and wanted to ensure that the world can collaborate and to cooperate further to achieve all development targets.

As Co-Chair, the President reported that there was only 8 months of work available to make the sustainable development goals succeed with a mechanism, with which there will be three meetings in the three countries apart from holding two meetings in UN headquarters in New York

"Indonesia will be the first host since new York meetings, in either late November or December, followed by meeting in Monrovia and London" SBY stated, suggesting the the meeting could be held in Bali or Jakarta. The theme of the meeting will be "Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice

After the eight months of hardwork within the Panel, the recommendations will later be the basis for a new UN document that would replace the MDGs in 2015. To achieve this, there must be coordination amongst countries. For Indonesia, the government will establish a special team dedicated to this endeavour, with the expectation that they may contribute and ensure completion of the process.

In a press release by the Office of the Special Staff of the President for International Relations, Dr Teuku Faizasyah, he stated that this first press conference was convened in four cities, Jakarta (Indonesia), Monrovia (Liberia) and London (the UK) and New York City (US).

In the video conference, the President conveyed the importance greater efforts to eradicate poverty in the post 2015 development agenda, and place it in the framework of equitable development, sustainable growth with equity and strengthened global partnership. The President also conveyed the importance of producing a development agenda that was not merely to eradicate poverty but particularly to ensure the creation of prosperity of the people. For that reason there had to be a economic growth that was strong, balanced, inclusive, and sustainable.

Global cooperation was key, and that every country possessed a common responsibility and common goal. If this goal of lasting and just development was achieved, then the world be peaceful, just and prosperous. On the other hand, failure to recognize this would lead to greater inequality and create animosity, tension, conflict and even war. And to chose the right endeavour would surely lead humanity to a world where the 21st century would be far better in living conditions compared to the 20th century.

widyanto juniardhie is based in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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