Indonesia Declares Candidacy for Non Permanent Member of UN Security Council 2019-2020

Indonesia Declares Candidacy for Non Permanent Member of UN Security Council 2019-2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Retno L.P Marsudi, formally declared the candidacy of Indonesia as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2019-2020 at the UN Headquarters, New York, the United States on 23 September 2016. 
 
Minister Retno also said that Indonesia is a country with essential prerequisites to be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2019-2020, and Indonesia is ready for it. 
 
Retno explained Indonesia’s posture makes it feasible to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Indonesia, she added, is the world’s fourth most populous country, the world’s third largest democracy, and the world’s largest Muslim country. According to Retno, Indonesia proves that Islam, democracy, and modernity can be established in harmony.
 
"With more than 17 thousand islands inhabited by more than 1,300 ethnic groups, Indonesia is a true model for tolerance and pluralism, a value which is always projected by Indonesia in dealing with other countries," she said. Foreign Minister also stressed that Indonesia plays an active role in promoting democracy, among others by organizing Bali Democracy Forum (BDF).
 
In addition, the Minister said, Indonesia is among the ten largest contributing-UN peacekeeping forces countries. One hundred and thirty-two Indonesian representatives abroad help the country understands well the international and regional situation on the ground. With such a background, Indonesia would like to nominate itself as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2019-2020. Indonesia requires a support from all UN Member Countries in order to become a true partner for peace.