December 9, 2015
Statement by H.E. Mr. Triyono WIBOWO Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia/ Head of the Indonesian Delegation at the General Debate of the 32nd International Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent Geneva, 8 – 10 December 2015
Let me start by congratulating you for assuming the chair of the President of this Conference. We also thank the ICRC and IFRC for their efforts in preparing all necessary substantive as well as logistical supports for the convening of the Conference.
We strongly believe that the Conference will be able to provide concrete contribution in line with our common endeavors in further promoting the fundamental works of the humanitarian principles. We also acknowledge the importance of this gathering where the representative of States will work together with partners in humanitarian action to undertake joint commitments with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The main theme of this year Conference, namely “Power of Humanity: the Fundamental Principles in Action”, gave clear indications of the challenges that we faced as well as steps that need to be taken in addressing various humanitarian challenges in many parts of the world. It is also important that all actions to be taken must be guided with the humanitarian principles, namely: “humanity; impartiality; neutrality, and independence”.
We have been facing many humanitarian crises in many parts of the world, in particular with respect to armed conflict or other man-made humanitarian situation. While we committed and continue to address this challenges, these crises continue to abating, year after year. It is important therefore that we redouble our effort, our commitment and our adherence and compliance to the International Humanitarian Law.
We need to continue strengthening efforts to address the underlying risks and vulnerabilities that may lead to humanitarian crises, man-made or caused by natural disasters. We need to continue to build resilience at all levels in this regard. We need to change the paradigm of humanitarian action from response to prevention.
We also need to ensure that women, who are the majority of those affected by crises and disproportionately affected by humanitarian emergencies, are given the equal opportunity to voice their aspirations and get involved in all phases of humanitarian assistance.
We strongly believe that one of the cornerstone for addressing various humanitarian challenges is the implementation of the International Humanitarian Law, based on the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Therefore, it is crucial for all actors to strengthen their compliance and respect to the IHL at national, regional as well as global level.
As far as Indonesia is concern, we continue to take various steps at the national level with a view to integrate the IHL and humanitarian principles issues in its military doctrines and procedures. The Government also conducts necessary dissemination activities to different stakeholders in order to generate wide public awareness on the importance of the IHL.
At the regional level, Indonesian Government, together with several other countries, has conducted several regional workshops with a view to provide a forum for exchange of best practices among countries in the region in the implementation of the IHL.
We also involved in several global initiatives aimed at generating global awareness on the issue of protection of civilians. We, together with the Government of Norway, Argentina and Uganda organized the “Global Conference on Reclaiming the Protection of Civilians under the IHL” in 2013. We also co-chairing of the 2014 Regional Consultation of the preparation of the World Humanitarian Summit, together with the Government of Japan.
Let me conclude by emphasizing the need for more coordination and communication between the humanitarian actors and the Government. It is only through coordinated and concerted efforts among us that we can really make a difference in the field, in particular by utilizing all potentials from all actors involved in the humanitarian activities.
I thank you.