The second week in May marked the beginning of Indonesia's busyness in taking responsibility as the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). May 2019 is the first time for Indonesia sitting in the UN Security Council presidency. In its presicdency, Indonesia has prepared various work programs and major events, including the Photography Exhibition themed "Sowing the Seeds of Peace".
The exhibition was officially opened by the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi at the UN Headquarters, New York, United States, Monday (05/06/2019) night local time. Retno Marsudi said, the various photos on display were a small part of Indonesia's contribution, participating as part of various world issues.
Retno explained, for Indonesia, peace is not only about war, but also includes freedom of democracy, human rights and development. According to Retno, the photo exhibition was also considered to be the right media to remind the world community of what Indonesia had done to maintain peace.
“The world knows that we have contributed a lot, but, if then our contribution is put in a picture or film, then people will remember. For example, like the Palestinian ambassador when he saw an Indonesian hospital in Gaza. He immediately remembered "Oh yes, this is a hospital that has been built by Indonesia,” Retni Marsudi said.
As a permanent member or the Elected 10 of the UN Security Council, Indonesia should be proud, because currently it occupies the 8th position out of 124 countries contributing to the Peace Forces in various conflict areas. Meanwhile, the photo exhibition, which is a series of the Indonesian Presidency at the UNSC, documented Indonesia's contribution to world peace, including democracy and peace building, the role of women as agents of change and peace and development cooperation. (KBRN / Retno / AHM)