Wednesday, 08 May 2019 13:40

Batik Coloring the UN Security Council Meeting

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UN Sec. General Antonio Gutteres wearing Batik ( 5  from left ) UN Sec. General Antonio Gutteres wearing Batik ( 5 from left ) kemenlu

The United Nations Security Council chaired by the Indonesian Foreign Minister as the President of the UN Security Council for May 2019, this time took place uniquely. The UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting room today was enlivened by a variety of batik and woven motifs worn by Delegates from various countries. No exception in this case is the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who uses a brightly colored troso weaving motif.

The choice of batik as a dress code for the Security Council session is a form of respect for members of the UN Security Council who hold the Presidency of the UN Security Council for May 2019.

The various batik worn by the  SC delegates today are their individual collections. A number of delegates collected the batik not only from gifts from the Indonesian delegation in New York, or when they became chairmen of delegations at conferences in Indonesia, but also there were those who bought it themselves during a visit to Indonesia.

Besides the Secretary General of the United Nations, other delegates who were seen using batik included the United States, Germany, Ivory Coast, France, Peru, Dominican Republic, and China. "It is very nice that in today's hearing it is beautiful and colorful, because most members of the UN Security Council wear batik, including the Secretary General of the United Nations, wearing weaving from Bali," said Foreign Minister Retno.

The use of batik in the UNSC Session is expected to increasingly popularize batik which has now been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.

The Open Debate meeting with the theme "Sowing the Seeds of Peace" carried out Tuesday ( 7/5 ) was aimed at continuing to encourage the capacity building of the Peacekeeping Forces in various missions around the world. This meeting is one of Indonesia's priority agenda as long as it is a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2019-2020. (kemenlu)

 

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