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UN IN INDONESIAJanuary 2013IN THIS ISSUE: 2012: The Year of HighLevel Visits 2013: A look at the Global UN Calendar WFP: A Legacy of Resilience in AcehUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jakarta, March 2012.

BPS & UNICEF: High Mortality for Kids in Papua ILO: Boosting SMEs Human Rights Day: Disability in Focus NEW Information resources from the UN

MY VOICE COUNTS: RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES CELEBRATEDJakarta A day-long event at one of the most popular shopping centers in the nations capital, Pondok Indah Mall in South Jakarta, attracted the attention of hundreds of holiday shoppers to view art displays and listen to musical performances by persons with disabilities. Aimed at promoting the right of persons with disabilities to be included in decision-making processes, the event was organized by Thisable Entreprise -- a local non-profit organization with the support of UNESCO, ILO and UNIC Jakarta. Discrimination against persons with disabilities in Indonesia is prohibited by several laws, but many of the provisions of these laws are not fully implemented, say advocates of disability rights. Everyone should be given equal rights and access to enjoy a better life, said Murdaya Widyawimarta Po (former Chairman of the Special Committee on Anti-Ethnic and Race Discrimination at the Indonesian House of Representative) in his opening remarks. Disability issues will feature prominently on the UN agenda in 2013, in preparation for the General Assembly HighLevel Meeting on Disability and Development in September.

COUNTING, AND SOARING: The Jamaica Cafe a cappella band performs at PIM 2 Mall in South Jakarta as part of the My Voice Counts Human Rights Day Campaign. Photo: UNIC Jakarta / Ng Swan Ti

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Survey Shows Persistently High Mortality Rate for Children under 5 in Papua and West Papua provincesJakarta - The key findings of the Indonesia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in six selected districts of Papua and West Papua provinces were released recently. The survey, which was conducted by the Indonesia Bureau of Statistics (BPS) and UNICEF, includes important data on progress towards the achievement of the MDGs in the two easternmost provinces of Indonesia, and highlights, among other things, the persistently high mortality rate for children under 5 years of age, especially in highlands and rural areas of the region. Jayawijaya reported the highest under 5 mortality rate at 122 per 1,000 live births in 2011 -- while the national under-5 mortality rate in Indonesia was 32 per 1,000 live births in 2011.

Papuas children under five: a long road ahead on health? Photo: UNICEF/J. Estey

2012: YEAR OF HIGH LEVEL VISITSA fundamental principle of international human rights law is non-discrimination. This applies in all areas to all people. In terms of religion, the Constitution of Indonesia upholds this principle, stating that every person shall be free to choose and to practice the religion of his or her choice. UN officials underscore Indonesias key global roleIf there were an index correlating the frequency of visits by high-level UN officials with the strategic importance of a country, then 2012 would have cemented Indonesias reputation as a hub of increasing global importance. Across the spectrum of UN activities, from peacekeeping to human rights to development, many of the world bodys top representatives made a working visit to Indonesia in the past few months. Some highlights from 2012 are in the next few pages...

Navi Pillay UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Navi Pillay attended the 5th Bali Democracy Forum in November, then came to Jakarta as part of the first visit to Indonesia by a High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2008

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THE YEAR OF HIGH LEVEL VISITS: Some HighlightsWe want to see an end to HIV transmission from mothers to children. We need to equip young girls, as early as possible, to make sure that they have the skill to protect themselves in a more responsible manner. Michel Sidib Executive Director, UNAIDSMichel Sidib meeting with the Head of the Presidents Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto in Jakarta.

"Being young is about shaping your life, shaping yourself and believing in yourself, its about living your dreams. I believe the world will be a better place if we allow young people to determine their own lives and to be able to make choices about that life." Babatunde Osotimehin Executive Director, UNFPADr. Babatunde Osotimehin spoke at the Global Youth Forum in Nusa Dua in Bali in December

Michelle Bachelet visits the Penjaringan community in North Jakarta, December 2012

Advancing womens equality and empowerment offers real hope for our shared future. When women enjoy equal opportunity and participation, societies and economies grow healthier and stronger.Michelle Bachelet Executive Director, UN Women

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Most cases of malnutrition are not due to a simple cause, but to a mix of factors. Indonesia has recognized this problem and now is implementing the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement with a very clear policy and some guidelines. David Nabarro Special Representative for Food Security and NutritionDr. Nabarro takes questions fromThe Jakarta Post at UNICEF offices in Jakarta, December 2012

Executive Director of the United Nations Ofce on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov during his visit to Jakarta on 7 December 2012.

"We will continue to support the national efforts in corruption prevention and eradication. Yury Fedotov Executive Director, UNODC

PALESTINIAN DAY MARKED IN JAKARTAJakarta - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was marked in Jakarta just a few hours before the General Assembly vote granting nonmember observer status to Palestine at the United Nations on 29 November. The commemoration included a photo exhibit and musical performance at Taman Ismail Marzuki in Central Jakarta. H.E. Hasan Kleib, Director-General of Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, stated that it would be a historic moment when the United Nations General Assembly voted on the draft resolution to grant UN Non-Member State status to Palestine. Indonesia welcomes and totally supports this move, he said.

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A LEGACY OF RESILIENCEWFP and Acehs ports

This article is part of a regional focus series on the work of the UN in Aceh and Nias.

Banda Aceh, Aceh - Almost exactly eight years ago, the infamous 9.3-magnitude quake struck Aceh. Since then, things have drastically changed for the Indonesian province: rapid response networks, tsunami warning sirens and communications systems linked to disaster response are in place to minimize loss of lives and livelihoods in case disaster should strike again. The Indonesian province bore the brunt of the disaster that claimed over 230,000 lives along the Indian Ocean -- so it was here in Aceh that that the international community and UN family agencies concentrated their efforts, rebuilding infrastructure, setting up early warning systems and providing intensive training on effective disaster response. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) -- the world's largest humanitarian agency assisting close to 100 million people a year -- carried out some its most complex operations ever in Aceh. WFP was among the first on the

ground to provide food aid to those in need, as well as logistics and telecommunications support to the entire humanitarian community. Within a week after the tsunami hit, emergency food reached more than 500,000 people. At the end of the operation, 175,000 tons of nutritious food were distributed in Aceh-- by sea, air and land -to 1.2 million people in 5,000 distribution points. What is unusual in WFPs story in Aceh is the role it played in the immediate response and recovery but also in building back the province, in collaboration with its partners, to be more resilient to future disasters. Today key logistics personnel in airports and seaports -- as well as telecommunications staff and local administrators -- are part of this important legacy of resilience in Aceh province. Fadmi Ridwan heads the reporting division at Acehs Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BPBA. He stressed that the response and recovery

operations involving WFP in Aceh set a milestone in terms of disaster relief and risk reduction. If WFP and other donors had not come in to help us, we might have needed 10 more years to develop the communications systems, Fadmi said. WFP provided technical assistance and training to improve the skills of radio communication operators in high-risk areas. To reach a dependable level, a radio operator should go through three months of training to achieve international standards. We could not do that alone. Fadmi said. When a more recent 8.5magnitude quake rocked Aceh in April 2012, the sirens installed following the 2004 tsunami were sounded by BPBA staff. Fadmi admits that Acehs early warning system (EWS) still requires much improvement, and that more training is needed for BPBA staff. The districts of Gayo Lues, Aceh Singkil and Bener Meriah still have limited disaster communications (continues on next page)

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Left: T.A. Naziruddin, also known as Ampon, is port manager in Ulelheue, Banda Aceh. Port traffic has became more efficient, he says.

LEGACY OF RESILIENCE (continued from previous page)facilities, he said, adding that disaster management needs to become a political priority by every district and by everyone. In the initial post-tsunami years WFP ran a shipping service to provide for the delivery of reconstruction materials f