Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia has been fully committed in the efforts to gain support for its candidature as Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for 2019-2020. Deputy Minister for Multilateral Cooperation of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Febrian Ruddyard, confirmed that Indonesia is currently campaigning for the candidature and being elected is the utmost priority. He conveyed the statement during a seminar in Jakarta on Monday (23/4). The decision to run for the position was made in 2009, a year after Indonesia concluded its Non-Permanent Membership of the UNSC for 2007-2008.
Since 2011, the Ministry has approached more than 120 countries to gain support for its candidature. As part of the campaign, President Joko Widodo, has assigned Mr. Hassan Wirajuda, Mr. Muhammad Lutfi, and Mr. Mahendra Siregar as Special Envoys of the President to countries in Africa, the Pacific, and Europe to convey message of Indonesia’s candidacy.
Indonesia has been campaigning three priorities of its candidacy namely Creating Global Ecosystem of Peace and Stability, Ensuring Synergy Between Peace and & Development Agenda, as well as Combatting Terrorism, Radicalism, and Violent Extremism. According to Mr. Ruddyard, the three priorities are relevant with the challenges in contemporary global architecture.
“For Indonesia, a failure to be elected will posses serious questions to Indonesia’s diplomacy, in terms of its achievement, capability, and credibility,” Mr. Ruddyard explained futher. Indonesia has been elected three times as a Non-Permanent Member of the UNSC in 1973-1974. 1995-1996, and 2007-2008.