Indonesia ends UNSC presidency with focus on peacekeeping

first_imgOf the 5,327 women currently working in UN peacekeeping missions, just 158 are Indonesian.They are deployed across seven UN peacekeeping operations: in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), South Sudan (UNMISS), Darfur (UNAMID), Mali (MINUSMA) and Western Sahara (MINURSO).Since 1999, Indonesia has sent more than 570 female personnel to various UN peacekeeping missions.While the UN encourages countries to deploy a force that is at least 15 percent female, the figure for women in Indonesia’s peacekeeping contingent still hovers below 5 percent, according to official sources.The Indonesian government is working to raise this ratio to 10 percent.In recent years, peacekeeping has gained a notorious reputation for incidents of sexual violence committed by peacekeepers against civilians, including reports of peacekeepers bartering humanitarian aid for sex. Over 200 people reported sexual violence and exploitation committed by UN personnel in 2018, according to a 2019 report by the UN secretary-general’s office.Read also: Why there are so few women in UN peacekeepingThe issue has become a priority in Indonesia’s multilateral diplomacy agenda under Retno, the nation’s first female top diplomat.It was also the first time that the UNSC has passed a resolution specifically addressing the issues faced by women in peacekeeping. Initiated by Indonesia, the draft resolution was cosponsored by all members of the council and dozens of other UN member states.As UNSC president, Indonesia led meetings and convened general debate sessions and other fora, as well as facilitating reports and exchanges of information on behalf of the council.The nation also assumed the presidency of the council in May last year, nearly a year after it was elected to serve as a nonpermanent member for the 2019-2020 period.In the last week of its presidency, Indonesia held conference meetings on international peace and security caused by terrorist acts and on the Middle East conflict, as well as an Arria formula meeting on cybersecurity.Under its leadership, the UNSC also passed on Aug. 28 a resolution to extend the mandate of UNIFIL and another resolution on the UN mission in Somalia (UNSOM).It also conducted “sofa talks”, informal discussions to find common ground between opposing views on various controversial issues in the UN body. It is a new format that Indonesia initiated, where members meet without an agenda and without meeting records.“Indonesia has contributed both intellectually and to the improvement of working methods at the UNSC in seeking out breakthroughs on issues that have been difficult to discuss,” said Grata Endah Werdaningtyas, the ministry’s director for international security and disarmament.“By presenting a ‘sofa talk’ format, for instance, we are inspired by the spirit of mutual cooperation and a culture of working things out as a family that is characteristic of Indonesian society,” she said.As a “middle power” in Asia, Indonesia continually seeks to leverage itself as the world’s third-largest democracy and the largest economy in Southeast Asia, among other things, in line with the constitutional mandate of maintaining global peace.The nation ranks seventh in terms of diplomatic influence, according to the 2019 Lowy Institute’s Asia Power Index.Topics : The adoption of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that aims to empower women peacekeepers marked the end of Indonesia’s month-long council presidency in August, as the nation entered the last stretch of its two-year term on the esteemed global body.The UNSC adopted Resolution 2538 (2020) regarding female personnel in UN peacekeeping missions on Aug. 28 by consensus.“Resolution 2538 [2020] is the first resolution in the history of Indonesian diplomacy [to be adopted by] the UN Security Council,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said over the weekend. “At the same time, this is proof of Indonesia’s contribution to enhancing the role of women as agents of peace.”The main elements contained in the resolution include the need to increase the number of female personnel in UN missions, training cooperation; the establishment of networks and databases for female personnel; enhancing safety and security and providing special facilities for female personnel; and initiating UN cooperation with regional organizations on the matter.”Support for this Indonesian initiative is inseparable from Indonesia’s diplomacy, credibility and track record in UN peacekeeping missions,” Retno said.Women constitute just over 6 percent of the total UN peacekeeping force today, the shortfall derives from the low proportion of female peacekeepers deployed by troop-contributing countries, including Indonesia.last_img read more

This Mango Hill home exudes superb sophistication

first_img15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango HillHowever, he loved its unique features more, including the glass wall in one of the bedrooms that overlooks the pool.“I just think that it’s great, but I like the crafty stuff,” he said. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill“Anyone that walks into it just falls in love with it – just like we did,” Mr Bruce said.He said his wife’s favourite part of the home was the kitchen with its stone island benchtop and butler’s pantry. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango HillMARK and Sharon Bruce couldn’t resist the sleek style and sophistication of this home.The couple bought the four-bedroom house at 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill, about five years ago when it was a display home.They were looking to invest in the area so when they came across this place, they snapped it up quickly.“The suburb at that stage was going to be developed,” he said. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill“(The house) was only handed back to us in May last year.”The couple bought the modern home as an investment property, but have been tempted to move in themselves.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 201915 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill“We would live in it but it’s a little bit too far out (from work) for us,” he said.Mr Bruce said it would make the perfect family home because it was spacious.All four bedrooms have built-in wardrobes while there are multiple living areas for everyone to spread out.The covered outdoor entertaining area boasts a built-in barbecue and overlooks the swimming pool. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango HillHe said cafes and restaurants, schools, public transport and shops, including Westfield North Lakes, were within walking distance.“It’s a house in the perfect location, especially now because the train line is there,” he said.last_img read more

45 patients hospitalised for over 20 years at Mount Carmel – Fearne

first_imgIn Mount Carmel Hospital (MCH), 45 patients have been hospitalised for 20 years or more.This was stated by the Minister for Health Chris Fearne during a Parliamentary session. It was said as a response to a question asked by Parliamentary Member Mario Galea.It was stated that as of June 20th, of the 388 patients present in MCH, 52 patients have been hospitalised for more than 5 years, 47 patients for more than ten years, while 45 patients have been hospitalised for 20 years or more.Read: “Mount Carmel Hospital only provides 10% of mental health services”The Clinical Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry within the Ministry for Health, Anton Grech, said that Mount Carmel Hospital offers only 10% of the mental health services available. Grech also explained that stigma persists around those who seek help and are admitted to Mount Carmel Hospital.Read: “Unsafe parts at Mount Carmel have been evacuated” – FearneGrech added that the service provided at the hospital is good despite the conditions of the hospital, saying that MCH is not just a building.In April, Fearne had stated that the reconditioning of two wards that had been deemed to be unsafe was the first step for a general Mount Carmel Hospital revamp.If you are feeling sad, anxious or depressed, and would like to see help you can contact the following organisations:, Aġenzija Sapport, Sedqa, OASI Foundation, l-Assoċjazzjoni Maltija għas-Saħħa Mentali, l-Assoċjazzjoni Maltija tal-Infermiera Psikjatriċi, and Richmond Foundation.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Pope calls for an Apostolate of Prevention to protect minors

first_img SharePrint Pope Francis recording the video message sent to the course participantsPope Francis recording the video message sent to the course participants Participants in a month-long course held at the Pontifical University of Mexico received an unexpected surprise when in their third week learning methods to prevent the sexual abuse of minors, Pope Francis sent a video message encouraging their efforts to protect the Church’s vulnerable members.Pope Francis said in his message that the Church must work tirelessly to prevent minors from being sexually abused.The course is important because all minors need to be protected, said the Pope, “so that no one – not a single person – abuse them. That no one might keep them from coming to Jesus.”“Any person – be they a religious, lay person, bishop, or any person – who prevents a child from coming to Jesus must be stopped in his attitudes, corrected if we are in time, or punished if there is a crime involved,” he added.‘Apostolate of prevention’In the message which was also released by Vatican News, Pope Francis also drew what he said was an admittedly rough comparison with drug abuse.When a person has fallen into drug addiction, the Pope said, it takes extreme amounts of personal energy to get out of that situation. Prevention, on the other hand, is more effective and requires less effort.Pope Francis said the core question examined by the protection of minors course is how to prevent children from being abused.The answer, he said, is to carry out an “apostolate of prevention”. Prevention is important, he insisted, “because we never know where a child will be abused.”Protection of Minors The protection of minors course has seen participants meet with victims of sexual abuse, listen to their stories, and learn from them.Those taking part are Catholics in leadership positions in the Church, including vicars general of religious congregations and dioceses, seminary directors, and psychologists.Fr. Daniel Portillo, the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Formation for the Protection of Minors which organized the 1-26 July course, told ACI Prensa that the Pope’s message came as an encouragement during the most intense part of the initiative.“If intervention does not go hand in hand with prevention,” noted Fr. Portillo, “things cannot work with the proper clarity needed to advance a safety code for the protection of our children.”WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more