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President Joko Widodo at the UN General Assembly Address: No Country Should be Left Behind

NEWS | 24 September 2020
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in a pre-recorded video address to the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, being held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of The Ministry of State Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia/NOW!JAKARTA

Joko Widodo's first appearance in the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate this year highlights many important themes. Together, these spark a unique perspective for Indonesia,a non-bloc country promoting cooperation and world peace. The President gave his contributive recommendations through a pre-recoreded video, delivered to the United Nations during the annual event, held 22 September 2020. 

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations needs to prove that “multilateralism delivers”, the President of Indonesia said, telling world leaders that had gathered virtually “all of us bear the responsibility” to further strengthen the global organisation.

“The United Nations is not a mere building in the city of New York, rather it represents an ideal and shared commitment of all nations, to realize world peace and prosperity for our future generations,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in a pre-recorded video address to the General Assembly’s annual debate.

The President also urged the UN and the world to strengthen “collective global leadership”. “We are all aware that when it comes to international relations, every country always protects their national interests. However, we must not forget that all of us have the responsibility to contribute to be part of the solution for peace, stability, and prosperity of the world,” Jokowi said. 

Indonesia’s commitment is continuously upheld including its membership at the UN Security Council. “The spirit of cooperation will continue to be promoted by Indonesia, the spirit which provides mutual benefits to all parties…and leave no country behind. No one…no country... should be left behind,” Jokowi declared. 

Indonesia has an unwavering faith in the Organization and multilateralism, he underscored. 

Seventy-fifth anniversary of Indonesian independence 

Noting that 2020 also marks the 75th anniversary of the independence of Indonesia, President Widodo said that his country will continue to contribute to world peace. “Indonesia will continue to play the role of a bridge-builder, as part of the solution,” he said. 

In South-East Asia, along with other Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, Indonesia will work towards peace, stability, and prosperity, added President Widodo. 

Strong global health systems, built on robust national health systems 

The Indonesian leader called for strengthening cooperation to fight against COVID-19, both in addressing its health as well as socio-economic impacts. A vaccine will be a game-changer, he added, underlining the need to work together to ensure all countries have equal access to the safe vaccine, at an affordable price. 

Resilient global health systems, based on robust national health systems, will determine the future, continued President Widodo, noting also that efforts to revitalize economies must “prioritize the health of all citizens of the world.” 

“A healthy world, a productive world, needs to be our priority. All of these will only be achieved if all of us continue, ‘to work together, work together, and work together’,” he declared.

The full statement available here or watch Joko Widodo’s prerecorded speech on THe United Nations’ official youtube channel here.