Enhancing collaboration in managing global issues; a humble Indonesian experience

Amar Ma’ruf
Moehammad Amar Ma’ruf A career diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

Jakarta, IO – Indonesia is one of the nations that participates actively in international fora, whether under the auspices of the UN or other fora that are not affiliated with the UN, such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation/OIC, G 77, D-8, G-20, APEC, ASEAN, etc. The main takeaway from this engagement is to actively contribute to a world where there is peace and prosperity. 

The quite successful international event that Indonesia hosted while it was the Group of 20’s Presidency in 2022 was recently witnessed by Indonesians and people all over the world. In 2023, Indonesia will once more assume responsibility for leading the ASEAN Chairmanship, which is no less significant than other international fora meetings. Indonesia adopted the theme of the Epicentrum of Growth for this presidency. Once more, Indonesia pledges to contribute to regional and global societal development by fostering dialogue that leads to mutual respect and fruitful collaboration. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, underscored this strategy during Her Annual Press Statement for 2023 on January 11, 2023, which was attended by Diplomatic Representatives accredited to Indonesia. 

Despite the aforementioned approach, it is acknowledged that many Indonesians are still unaware of the benefits of Indonesia participating actively in international affairs. Due to previously unheard-of dangers like the pandemic COVID-19, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and other unresolved issues, the situation in the world currently appears more delicate than ever. This circumstance might cause locals to think locally. But because we are a part of the global village, it is part of our constitutional duty to play a more active role in world affairs. 

The global issues (pandemic and Ukraine vs Russia) plus the regional peace unsettlement issues like Palestinian occupation and intermestic issues like human trafficking, unregular migration, drug trafficking etc have caused grave impact to the world situation in all aspect of life. In the field of humanity, it causes many victims, in the economic sector, it arises inflation to each national spending and contribute to slower growth, and in the political aspects, it may arise the Blocks due to the distrust between alliance and non-alliance toward the co-existing principal among nations. As a result of scarring caused by COVID-19, poverty estimation by 2030, 588 million people could still live in extreme poverty, an additional 50 million people compared with pre-COVID-19 estimates (Brooking Sustainable Report).

The world population in 2023 has reached around 7.837 billion lives. This number unavoidably needs support in many aspects, basic/ primary needs and even in secondary needs. These aspects need support from technical fields ranges from the needs since the period of birth until need in the period of death.