Indonesia to promote 2030 Agenda post ECOSOC election

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia aims to continue promoting the global development agenda of 2030, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), after being elected as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2021 to 2023.

"Becoming a member of the ECOSOC serves as a substantial opportunity for Indonesia to contribute to promoting the 2014 Agenda, and ensuring that no one is left behind in the process," said Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations, Dian Triansyah Djani, in a statement received here on Thursday.

Djani said that during its three-year term as ECOSOC member, Indonesia will focus on promoting inclusive and sustainable development.

Indonesia will also continue to encourage ECOSOC to become more relevant, transparent, effective, and efficient in responding to global challenges in terms of economic, social, and environmental development, he said.

Indonesia received 186 out of 190 votes during the election of ECOSOC members, held by the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

Indonesia is representing the Asia Pacific Group at the UN body, along with Japan and the Solomon Islands.

Nigeria, Liberia, Madagascar, Libya, and Zimbabwe have also been elected and are representing the African group, while Bulgaria is representing Eastern Europe in the membership.

Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico, and Bolivia are representing Latin America and the Caribbean, while Portugal, France, Austria, Germany, and Great Britain are representing western Europe and other countries.

"In the last few years, Indonesia has won the candidacy for a number of vital councils in the United Nations, including the UN Security Council, UN Human Rights Council, and today, in ECOSOC. This (achievement) truly proves the substantial confidence from the international community towards Indonesia's track record, roles, and progress in the multilateral forum," said Ambassador Djani.

ECOSOC is one of six main bodies of the UN, and focuses on encouraging international cooperation in social, economic, and development sectors. (INE)

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