UN Connect Newsletter - November 2017

Indonesia President and Community Leaders Spotlight Role of Women in Sustainable Peace

A landmark community festival led by Indonesian President Joko Widodo to commemorate the International Day of Peace, brought together 8,000 people to celebrate women’s empowerment and peaceful communities. 

President Widodo, who in 2015 announced his support to UN Women’s HeForShe global initiative to advance gender equality, joined UN Women and the Wahid Foundation, with the support of the Government of Japan, to celebrate the contribution of women entrepreneurs in local development and to emphasize women’s roles in promoting peaceful coexistence and resilient communities. READ MORE

Indonesia Marks UN Day

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the UN Systemin Indonesia marked the United Nations Day on 27 October 2017.  The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Retno Marsudi, gave a keynote address at the commemoration marked by a seminar on ‘Building Indonesia’s Civilian Capacity and its Role in Sustaining Peace’, and a photo exhibition on Indonesia’s activities in various peacekeeping missions around the world. READ MORE

Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum

From 7-13 February 2018, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will convene the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), hosted in Kuala Lumpur by the Government of Malaysia, under the theme: Cities 2030 – Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda.  The World Urban Forum, convened every two years, is recognized as the foremost global arena for interaction among policymakers, local government leaders, non-government organizations and expert practitioners in the field of sustainable urban development and human settlements. WUF9 is expected to draw around 25,000 participants. ​READ MORE

Seaweed Programme Empowers Women in East Sumba

The Ministry of Village Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has been conducting a project, Decent Work for Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development (DW4FS&SRD): Support to Selected Coastal Communities along the Seaweed Value Chain in East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. READ MORE

“Mr. and Mrs. Blue Barrel” Educate Young Children On Blue Line Safety

First Sergeant Etikasari, a UNIFIL Indonesian peacekeeper, is visiting the public school in Aytarun, a village close to the Blue Line in south Lebanon. She stands at the front of the class and begins a discussion with the ten-year olds. She is animated and fun, and the children respond to her bright smile. They raise their hands to participate in the discussion about UNIFIL and the Blue Line.  READ MORE

They’re Our Communities, Let’s Design Them

The challenges of urbanization are often attributed to government systems. However, at the center of urban commerce, lifestyle and infrastructures are everyday citizens. Creating opportunities for urban communities to lead the problem-solving process is not just theoretical; it has been field-tested in different cities across the globe, including here in Jakarta. READ MORE

UN Indonesia Staff Celebrate UN Day

It was a special day for all United Nations staff members in Indonesia as they gathered together to celebrate United Nations Day.  ​Staff greeted each other, exchanged stories and shared the joyous feeling that the place they call their “second home”, was celebrating its 72nd anniversary. Although the preparation took only a day, everyone seized the opportunity and responsibility to ensure the day was a memorable one. READ MORE


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