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The UN Security Council’s New President: An Indonesian Economist and ‘Peace Broker’

04-May-2019 Intellasia |
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Indonesia, a world’s fourth-most populous country, usually reason what a tip United Nations ambassador, Dian Triansyah Djani, calls a “world’s largest choosing ever held” for a presidency in such a brief duration of time. While ballots are still being counted and a subsequent supervision prepares to take figure in May, Indonesia’s work during a UN keeps rolling, generally as Djani takes a lead as rotating boss of a Security Council this month.

Indonesia’s categorical enterprise is simple, Djani says: to save as many lives as probable while creation peacekeeping as fit as probable in conflicts worldwide.

Indonesia, a infancy Muslim country, will also reason an Arria-style assembly on Palestine (an spontaneous assembly open to UN members outward a Council) on May 6. The ambassador, a permanent deputy during a UN given 2016, says his nation wants to “keep a momentum” in a Council on this specific issue, generally during this Ramadan month.

Other highlights are an open discuss on May 7 on training peacekeepers clarifying what is approaching of them with Lieut. Gen. Dennis Gyllensporre of Sweden, a force commander of a Mali mission, vocalization along with polite multitude members.

On May 23, a Council will reason another open discuss on insurance of civilians in armed conflict, coinciding with a 20th anniversary of a subject apropos an bulletin object on a Council, a envoy said. Peter Maurer, a boss of a International Committee of a Red Cross, is scheduled to speak, along with polite multitude members.

In addition, Fatou Bensouda, a arch prosecutor for a International Criminal Court, is scheduled to pronounce to a Council on May 8 per Libya, though during a press lecture on May 1, below, Djani could not endorse if Bensouda will be means to obtain a visa from a United States to enter a country, given that her visa was revoked by a State Department in early April.

Every month given July, PassBlue has profiled UN ambassadors whose countries reason a rotating presidency of a Security Council; so distant that means Sweden, Britain, United States, Bolivia, China, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, France and Germany. The mainstay aims to yield a demeanour during a envoy who binds this high-profile chair and his or her home country. The talk has been edited and condensed.

Ambassador to a UN: Dian Triansyah Djani, 56

Since: 2016

Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English

Education: Bachelor of economics (University of Indonesia); M.A. in mercantile growth and ubiquitous trade (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.); Ph.D., cybersecurity (Padjadjaran University, Indonesia)

His story, briefly: Djani was innate in Jakarta, a capital, though both of his kin were ambassadors and he was fast introduced to other tools of a world, including Russia, Poland, Cambodia, Yugoslavia and Thailand. “For us, tact is a family business,” he told PassBlue in a phone interview. Many of his other kin are economists, including his wife, Lista Damayanti, and their son, Panji Caraka Djani, who is posterior a connoisseur grade in economics during Columbia University, in New York City.

After earning his undergraduate grade in Indonesia and connoisseur grade during Vanderbilt, Djani followed a healthy trail to diplomacy. He has spent many of his career hopping between New York and Geneva. “My son was indeed innate in Flushing,” he says, of a community in Queens County, New York, adding that when he speedy his son to attend grad propagandize during Vanderbilt, his son joked, “Am we going to go pierce to a village?”

Djani served during a Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) from 2002 to 2008, his reign capped by a three-year army as a executive general. His work during Asean is his proudest accomplishment, he says. He was allocated permanent deputy to a UN in Geneva in 2009 and spent 3 years there before apropos an envoy to a UN in New York in 2012.

PassBlue: How do we like New York City?

Djani: we adore it. My initial posting was here. we adore a outdoor and going to a park. we schooled how to golf in New York City; we adore biking around here as well. For someone who attended propagandize in Nashville, New York is different, though each day is fun around here.

PassBlue: What gathering we to diplomacy?

Djani: My father was a diplomat, an ambassador, and so was my mother. It’s a family business. we complicated economics and we found out we adore this job. Most important, I’m an romantic and we would usually adore to be means to minister something to humanity.

PassBlue: Indonesia’s final reign in a Security Council was in 2007-2008. What do we wish to do differently in your 2019-202 term?

Djani: What we schooled from a people who were there during a time and from what has been discussed for 11 years is that a volume of work is now during slightest 3 times some-more than it used to be. Maybe it’s since of a hurdles a universe is facing. we have a really complicated effort forward of me. The series of countries apropos members of a United Nations keep expanding. One of a things we’ve schooled is that we need some-more transparency, so we’re perplexing to foster this. At a finish of a day, we wish to save as many tellurian lives as probable and make a universe a some-more fast place.

PassBlue: Will a new presidential choosing in Indonesia impact your presidency of a Security Council? Are any changes entrance in your mission?

Djani: This choosing was a largest in a story of a universe 193 million people voted in reduction than one day. India has a incomparable race though a [recent] choosing took place over 6 weeks. In a box it was on Apr 17, and not usually in Indonesia, though also other places in a world, as each Indonesian has a right to vote. It has been conducted peacefully. They are still counting votes, as it’s really tough to get all a ballots from opposite islands. They’re removing them by cars, bikes, boats, in a mountain-donkey process. They should be finished by mid-May. It doesn’t impact a purpose in a Security Council that much, and a unfamiliar process doesn’t change most according to whatever supervision is in place.

PassBlue: What are your priorities for a Security Council presidency?

Djani: Our thesis is “investing for peace.” We’re focusing on peacekeeping by an open discuss on a topic. Indonesia is now a largest writer of peacekeepers among a [15] Security Council members. Overall, we’re a eighth largest during a UN. We have some-more than 3,000 peacekeepers in some-more than 8 missions around a world. We’re also holding an open discuss on how to strengthen civilians in armed conflicts. We’re also holding an Arria regulation assembly on Palestine. It’s an emanate that’s on a bulletin of a Council, and we wish to keep adult a movement and make certain a emanate of settlements is taken caring of. In other words, it’s an emanate that should still be on a Council’s radar. We wish a presidency to be well-spoken sailing. we have a largest series of committees underneath my wing and have a lot of work to do beside a work that we’re doing in a Council. Of course, we also wish to foster Indonesia’s tactful style: we always try to find a consensus, a center ground. We’re a assent attorney on a Council.

PassBlue: Do we have any trips designed for a Council?

Djani: Not during a moment. It’s a Ramadan month. We’re also utterly tired from a outing in Mali and Burkina Faso final month. However, we’re open to any idea. We also wish to foster some of a Indonesian enlightenment here in New York. We will be holding an muster of photos on peacekeeping women peacekeepers starting a finish of a initial week of May or a commencement of a second.

Country Profile

Head of State: President Joko Widodo (the formula of April’s choosing haven’t been announced yet)

Foreign Affairs minister: Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi (pending choosing results)

Type of government: Presidential deputy approved commonwealth

Year Indonesia Joined a UN: 1950

Years on a Security Council: 1973-74, 1995-96, 2007-08, 2019-20

Population: 264 million (world’s fourth-most populous country)

2019 Contributions to UN Regular Budget: $16,640,647 (or 6 cents per capita/year)

2019 Contributions to UN Peacekeeping: $7,265,340 (or 3 cents per capita/year)

Membership in Regional Groups: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec)

2015 Maternal Death Rate: 126/100,000. By comparison, a US rate in 2015 was 26.4/100,000

2017 Per Capita GDP: $3,846; EU, $33,723; US, $59,531; world, $10,721

2018 CO2 Emissions (in tonnes, per capita): 7.0 (world average, 5)

Electric Power Consumption (1,000 kWh/per capita and year): 0.8 (world average: 3.1 kWh; US, 13)

https://www.passblue.com/2019/05/02/the-un-security-councils-new-president-an-indonesian-economist-and-peace-broker/

 

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