The good news came from the UN Headquarters in New York after Indonesia was re-elected as a member of ECOSOC (Economy and Social Council) for the period 2021-2023 from the Asia-Pacific group. This is the 12th time Indonesia has been elected as a member of ECOSOC after the last in 2012-2014. The election was held secretly at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday (06/17/2020) local time. Different from the previous process, this election was held without a plenary session in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Indonesia received 186 votes out of a total of 190 votes. Besides Indonesia, Japan (185 votes) and Solomon Islands (187 votes) were also chosen to represent the Asia-Pacific Group. The election of Indonesia in ECOSOC has an important meaning. First, the ECOSOC platform is expected to encourage post-pandemic economic and social recovery efforts. ECOSOC is one of the six main UN bodies responsible for coordinating economic and social affairs.
ECOSOC consists of 54 member countries which are elected annually for overlapping 3-year terms of service.
Indonesia will also continue to strive to increase its role in discussing strategic issues, especially in Special Agencies under ECOSOC including FAO, WHO, IMO, ICAO, and IAEA. “Becoming a member of ECOSOC is a great opportunity for Indonesia to contribute to advancing the 2030 Agenda, and ensuring ‘no one left behind’ in the process,” said RI Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dian Triansyah Djani in a written statement from PTRI New York, Thursday (6/18/2020).
In addition, ECOSOC is also expected to be a reflection of Indonesia’s global leadership in accelerating the achievement of SDG’s. Finally, the promotion of national programs that are in line with SDG’s, while contributing to economic transformation, especially in the economic sector has a high added value to the prosperity of the nation. To note, Indonesia previously held positions as a member of ECOSOC in the period 1956-1958, 1969-1971, 1974- 1975, 1979-1981, 1984-1986, 1989-1991, 1994-1996, 1999-2001, 2004-2006, and 2007-2009. During this period, Indonesia was twice trusted to be the President of ECOSOC namely in 1970 and 2000. In addition, Indonesia was Vice-President of ECOSOC in 1969, 1999 and 2012.