Indonesia has begun to show its leadership in the UN Security Council. The Indonesian leadership is represented by Ambassador, Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia's permanent envoy to the United Nations. On Monday, May 6, 2019 local time, Dian Triansyah Djani as the President of the UN Security Council in May 2019 accompanied Secretary General of the United Nations to ignite an eternal fire in a bid to commemorate the services of UN personnel who failed to fight for peace. Two of the deceased were Indonesian citizens, the late Chief Private, Nasri Bin Bahri, a member of the UN Peace Mission in Darfur and the late Harina Hafitz from the World Food Program.
Today, May 7, 2019, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi leads the UN Security Council Open Session. With the theme "Investing in Peace: Improving Safety and Performance of the Peacekeeping UN, the United Nations enhances the security and safety of UN peacekeepers. This has become one of Indonesia's focuses. Given the track record and capacity of Indonesia, interest, domestic support and other members of the United Nations, as well as the challenges faced by the UN Security Council, the distribution of Indonesian forces to the UN ranks 8th out of 124 participating countries. According to data from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia has sent 3,080 personnel; 106 are women. Indonesia targets to place 4,000 personnel in various UN peace missions.
The Indonesian presidency in the UN Security Council is a momentum and opportunity to prove Indonesia's ability to face challenges and encourage the creation of stability and peace, especially in conflicting regions. Indonesia's progress as Chair of the UN Security Council in May 2019 is awaited by many countries. At least, the United States is looking forward to it. Deputy State of Secretary of the United States for political relations, David Hale in his meeting with Minister Retno Marsudi at the end of April 2019 said that he was waiting for Indonesia to occupy the presidency of the UN Security Council and Indonesia's strong commitment on various issues in the UN Security Council, including peacekeeping forces.
Indonesia's commitment to peacekeeping forces is undoubted. However, Indonesia cannot be alone. A major contribution to the investment in good-quality Peacekeeping Operations delivery from many parties is needed. Because the role of peacekeeping is increasingly important towards the ongoing conflicts and wars in several countries.
Hopefully, the Indonesian leadership in the UN Security Council will improve Indonesia's track record in contributing and participating in maintaining world peace, and at the same time ensuring that many parties must continue to invest in peace. So, it’s simple wish of Indonesia, as expressed by Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, to save as many lives as possible while making peace-keeping as efficient as possible in the conflicting regions throughout the world. This must be realized and maintained. Of course, world community support is also needed.
Budi Nugroho P.