JAKARTA, 9 June (JDN.id) – Indonesia was elected as a non-permanent member of UN Security Council on Friday at the UN General Assembly in New York, for two years mandate, along with Germany, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Belgium.
Indonesia earned 144 voters and defeated Maldives for Asia-Pacific seat, while others did not have opponent.
The new non-permanent members replace the vacant posts previously placed by Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Netherlands and Sweden.
Indonesia was openly pursuit the post, President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi have lobbied friend countries to support the country candidacy, in which it has showed its active role in peace process, humanitarian assistants as well as diplomacy to maintain peace and stability in the region.
“On behalf of the government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia, allow me to express our deepest appreciation for all the generous support extended toward Indonesia’s candidacy. Becoming a member of the council is not about pride but the obligation to contribute to the maintenance of peace and security,” Marsudi told the assembly.
This is the fourth time Indonesia took a non-permanent member seat at the UN Security Council, which the last time was in 2007-2008.
In its proposal of candidacy, the government of Indonesia gave 24 reasons about the country capability and ability to be a non-permanent member of the UN body, including its active role in the UN peacekeeping mission in which the world’s fourth populated nation plans to boost its participation by deploying 4,000 peacekeepers by 2019.
“From various meeting at the UN, it’s clear that international community appreciate Indonesia’s track record and see democracy and tolerance in Indonesia as assets for the country to take an active role in the UN Security Council,” Marsudi said in a press statement.
“Strong global partnership in building peace, security and stability will contribute to UN 2030 agenda,” she concluded.