Remarks by Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Indonesia on MDGs
Prof. Dr. Nila F. Moeloek
Global Health Conference 2013: Accelerating progress in saving the lives of women and children
Oslo, 22 January 2013
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great honor for me to be invited to this very important event and to share with you some of our perspectives on post-2015 development.
We all know that with the industrial revolution, world economy has expanded rapidly and prompted the emergence of developed countries. However, there are other countries that lagged behind with continued and in some cases, wider disparities existed between countries.
Racing to keep the promise of MDGs in the last mile, it is our deepest hope that countries will reach equal standing, disparities diminished and bottlenecks cleared. The future development framework may not perfect in detail for each nation, but one where common grounds between nations exist.
As the world strives to keep the momentum going with Post 2015 Development Framework now underway, it is imperative to keep the consistency between discussions going on in parallel in global, regional, and national level. Policies born out of these discussion must be coherent across and at each level, harness global partnerships and trigger innovative breakthrough actions between nations and in-country innitiatives.
Critical to move forward, we should take a closer look on what lies at the heart of MDG goals. People-centered development, with strong focus on health, education, and environment are keys towards a strong and independent nation. Thus, a resilient and unified global world, approached through holistic and strategic framework.
However, MDGs will come to an end by 2015, and discussion about post-2015 development agenda has been initiated.Together with the British Prime Minister and Liberia President, Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been appointed as co-chair of High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post-2015 Development Agenda. Since the formation of this High-Level Panel in 2012, the panel has moved forward with a number of agenda to meet the goals set by the UN Secretary General. A concluding meeting will be held in Bali, Indonesia at the end of March 2013.
In addition to meetings at global level, various outreach meetings at national level are organized to bring together necessary inputs from civil society organizations and private sector, academia, media, and development partners, , with the last one being held in Bali, Indonesia, last December. Never before has a world development agenda enjoyed such a broad-based consultation process in its process of formulation.
Although there are various development viewpoints, all of us need to acknowledge Economy, Environment and Social pilars must leveraged one another so that no matter which one is taken as entryway of intervention, the other 2 pillars and its underlining issues are also adressed.The generated actions must always remain integrated, adressing unique characteristic and different needs of each country.
Now and in discussion on Post 2015 Development Framework, we continue to find answers on why people development is the key toward the future generations development. As we lay out the basic foundation on perfecting development target represented by MDGs goals, we also begin to sort out what are the much-needed policies as development enablers.
We then define, that the world is now at different level of awareness on why we, humans, must leave the multi-faceted aspects of poverty behind.
We strongly support the upstream ideas represented by the Scaling Up Nutrition movement. We salute the multiple stakeholders or partnerships pioneered by Every Woman, Every Child to save future generations. We embrace the inovative actions as we learn about Innovation Working Group, about to commence in Asia. We acknowledge the brilliant simplicity of Live-Saving Commodities and many more global actions. Although we are aware of theweaknesses, we realize that these movements have a potential to make the changes we need.
With basic needs for safety and welfare, we now enter into a refined development framework, one which shares the viewpoint of a harmonized partnership not only between countries but also between gender.
Although women and children health represent separate goals under MDG framework, a holistic approach must be taken when we now talk about accelerating progress.
It is important to position women and children health not only as existing problem under health aspect, but also as problem of education, culture, environment and infrastructure sectors, among others.
Going forward from MDGs to Post 2015 Framework, we must continue to remind ourselves of the strong inter linkages between sectors. Thus design of future framework and acceleration of current progress will be fruitful.
Room for innovation, both with use of technology and without use of technology, must be made available. Also, room of collaboration among different stakeholders.
As we approach 2015 and as we talk continuously about sustainability of development, it is now time to actively engage youth as the backbone of future development.
During the outreach in Bali last year, Youth were given the chance to voice their aspirations in Post 2015 Framework. They would like to be given the opportunity to be active participants in development and put forward their concerns about health, including reproductive health for girls; education, mostly for girls who live in rural or periphery areas; environment, with the emerging youth advocates for environment; and offer their expertise to widen outreach of IT as enabler to access information.
Office of President’s Special Envoy on MDGs has taken a leadership step in implementing an integrative and action-oriented platform in 7 community health centers in different regions across Indonesia. OSE MDGs has taken an integrated and holistic approach, recruiting young health professionals (GPs, Midwives, Nurses and Public Health experts). 32 health professionals, all under 30 years old, are now at work in different corners of Indonesia as advocates to push behavior change about health in communities.
Titled “Pencerah Nusantara” or “enlightening the nation” the program is now on its fifth month and the teams of inter-professionals are rapidly making a difference in their location. It is our deepest desire that by the end of the third year, each location will have shown considerable behavior change, beneficial to ensure rebirth of resilient and independent societies.
The challenges in the future will come not only from communicable diseases, but also from non-communicable diseases as well as other threats. And we still have an unfinished agenda, namely high maternal and child mortality rates. This has been indicated by WHO in anticipating these conditions in the future.
Finally, please allow me to remind everyone that we need to keep looking for mutual solution to reduce high maternal mortality rate, in which other challenges related to geographical conditions should be overcome.
I hope this meeting can provide a much-needed momentum for such an undertaking as we can see that challenges in addressing the problems in women’s and children’s health remain formidable in the coming decade. I thank you.