- Honorable Chair of PPD Board, Her Excellency Ms Lindiwe Zulu;
- Honorable Partner Country Coordinators in Partner in Population and Development;
- Honorable Executive Director Partner in Population and Development, Mr. Adnene Ben Haj Aissa;
- Honorable Director of UNOSSC, Mr. Tarik Iziraren;
- Honorable Director of Policy and Strategy Division UNFPA, Mr. Arthur Erken;
- Honorable Director of Population Policies, League of Arab States, Ms. Chouaa Dassouky;
- Honorable Ambassadors;
- Speakers and resource persons;
- Ministries and boards, local government, civil society organizations;
- Indonesia’s Heads of Provincial BKKBN Representatives;
- Developing partners;
- Ladies and gentlement
Good afternoon from Jakarta!
Praise to Allah SWT, Almighty God, for His blessings and protecting us from Covid-19 pandemic. Indonesia and I believe the rest of the world will continue to make efforts to overcome the transmission of Covid-19, so that we will able to interact again without fear.
As part of the Executive Members in the International Partner in Population and Development (PPD) Organization, BKKBN together with PPD Secretariat are honored to be able to host this international webinar. This webinar is expected to be a means of increasing international solidarity, especially South-South countries. The webinar aims to: 1) Showcase and disseminate 11 Best Practices among the PPD Countries; 2) Create demand among countries for reverse linkage to exchange knowledge for replication of Best Practices; and 3) Establish virtual forum for exchange of knowledge among the countries through South-South Cooperation.
We would like to take opportunity of this precious moment to convey several things, namely:
- As one of the countries that signed the 1994 ICPD declaration, Indonesia has a strong commitment to achieve the ICPD program of action, the 2030 development goals in the Sustainable Development Goals and also a commitment to ending preventable maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning services and gender based violence and harmful practices. Efforts to achieve the targets set out in the ICPD and SDGs are manifested in a concrete manner in the long-term, medium-term development plans, national strategic plans as well as a supportive funding framework between the central, regional and village governments.
- Indonesia is projected to become 9 (nine) countries that are part of half of the world’s population by 2050, emphasizing population management, including through universal access to reproductive health. Until now, we are still struggling to reduce the maternal mortality rate to 183 per 100,000 births and unmet need to 7.4% by 2024. Indonesia is also working to accelerate stunting reduction to 14% by 2024.
- In early 2021, the President of the Republic of Indonesia gave a mandate to the BKKBN as the Chief Executive to accelerate stunting reduction. So far, the decline in stunting rates in Indonesia is still at 1.6 percent per year. Through this assignment, the President has a target that at least every year the stunting rate in Indonesia can be reduced to 2.7 percent. In carrying out this task, BKKBN with a number of ministries have direct extension to the regional level and formulate concrete steps to deal with stunting problems in Indonesia.
- In the Nairobi Summit, Indonesia is committed to end 3 (three) things, namely preventable maternal mortality, unmet need for family planning services and gender-based violence and dangerous practices. Indonesia is committed to reduce unmet need for family planning from 10.60% (2017 IDHS) to 7.4% in 2024, reduce maternal mortality from 305 / 100,000 in 2015 to 183 / 100,000 in 2024, and reduce the prevalence of violence against women aged 15-64 years in the last 12 months from 9.40% in 2016.
- One of the key things that the Indonesian government do is developing synchronized policies, strategies, standardizing service quality and also resources to resolve these three problems. Therefore, policies and strategies related to the spirit of the Three Zeros are important to be implemented in a quality and on target manner. All of these efforts focus our attention on access to information and services for women and girls.
- I believe that all countries are currently struggling to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, new evidence and research is urgently needed to enhance our understanding of crises in developing countries and appropriate policy responses. Based on the Buenos Aires action plan for the promotion and implementation of technical cooperation between developing countries, Indonesia consistently contributes to South-South and Triangular (SSTC) cooperation. With the spirit of SSTC, this international webinar aims to improve communication among developing countries, awareness of common problems and wider opportunities for collaboration.
- Finally, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the Chair of PPD Board, Board Member of PPD, Executive Director of PPD and UNFPA for their support and collaboration with BKKBN for all this time. Hopefully this good communication and cooperation will continue in the future.
May God Almighty give the abundance of His mercy.
The Chairman of BKKBN,
Dr. (H.C). Hasto Wardoyo, MD. OBGYN (k)