Speech from Debora Comini, UNICEF Indonesia Representative

CPAP Launch, 28 January 2021

UNICEF Indonesia
Debora Comini CPAP Launch
28 January 2021

Yang Terhormat Bapak Bapak, dan Ibu Ibu sekalian,

Bapak Suharso - Minister, National Development Planning Bappenas

Bapak Tito, Minister of Home Affairs

Bapak Subandi Deputy Minister for Human, Community and Cultural Development, Bappenas.

Ibu Nunung Director General Regional Development, Ministry of Home Affairs.

Distinguished representatives from line Ministries

Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

Saya sangat senang dapat bersama anda semua hari ini saat kita meluncurkan rencana aski program kerja yang baru.

With this, we embark on the new five-year country programme of cooperation between the Government of Indonesia and UNICEF.

There is something fundamentally important Indonesia and UNICEF have in common.

Kita sama-sama MENCINTAI anak-anak.

And UNICEF and the Government of Indonesia have been very close partners for the benefit of children since 1966. 

During this time Indonesia has advanced

the challenges facing children have changed

and our approach has evolved as well

we have increased our focus on creating evidence, testing new models together, providing policy advice to address the needs of all children across this great country.

Indonesia telah mencapai banyak kemajuan di area pengembangan, perlindungan, kelangsungan hidup dan partisipasi anak.

This includes the reduction of under-five mortality;

improving the nutritional status of children;

increasing access to safe water and sanitation;

much better access to quality learning and protection services.

But as we all acknowledge, there are still gaps to fill in terms of equity, quality and sustainability, if we want to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, that specifically pertain to children.

We – Government and UNICEF – have worked hand in hand in giving shape to the new country programme, together with key partners also from civil society and the private sector  - so that our plans to accelerate results for children – in health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and protection – contribute to the RPJMN vision of improving human capital by 2024.

Today, Indonesia has the will, and the means, to fulfil the rights of every child, and leave not a single child behind.

This is also reflected in the way programmes for children are financed with public budgets – national and subnational,

and also in the way UNICEF support is increasingly financed by voluntary contributions of the private sector and from ordinary Indonesians.

These are all tangible signs that the cooperation between the Government of Indonesia and UNICEF has reached the next, higher level, in the league of countries that have made most progress in their development.

I would like to now give just 3 key highlights of the new country programme

1.     Results at scale:

In the current country programme we have established good practices and models that the Government can now take to scale, by including them in national or sub-national work-plans, budgets and policies.

UNICEF financial assistance to the Government will focus on innovation, technical advice and assistance on policy and capacity development.

The successful models resulting from our cooperation are in fact like seeds, for us to work together until they grow to maturity.

2.     Systematic documentation and knowledge sharing:

Good practices are based on evidence, and offer proof that they actually work. We will produce more knowledge products on good practices, and on the lessons we learn from the implementation of our programmes.

This evidence will continue to inform our support to Indonesia, and together we can also offer it to other countries that can learn from Indonesia.

A good example from the very recent past is the SDG Dashboard we developed together, that can be offered by Indonesia on international platforms….the next opportunity may be  the WASH Ministerial meeting that Indonesia will host this year.

UNICEF will assist the Government in this.

3.     Programme integration:

Under the umbrella of the new United Nations Strategic Cooperation Framework for 2021-2025, UNICEF will make sure that our participation in joint UN programmes closely integrates the national and sub-national level, from planning, to budgeting to monitoring.

We will support the Ministry of Home Affairs to issue guidelines for systematic replication and scale-up of successful UNICEF-supported models in the districts.

We will also encourage the involvement of Governors, to improve ownership of the programme by the provinces.

The new programme of cooperation is ambitious.

Indonesia has all the potential to address its development challenges for children

But there is nothing on this earth we can ever do alone

This is why, together with the Government, we wish to build an even stronger partnership with civil society, with faith-based organisations, with academia and the private sector.

Together, we will strengthen national and sub-national planning and accountability for our programme.

Together, we will monitor the promises we have made to children, through the indicators and targets of the country programme action plan.

And we will continue to tap into the potential of adolescents and young people, because, who understands their situation better than those experiencing it? They will be our partners, as we work on solutions for the issues that affect them.  

There will be challenges.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed important gains for children.

But I am confident that UNICEF will be able to support the Government in its response to the pandemic, and to prevent and address other disasters, emergencies, and threats from global climate change. 

Since my arrival in Indonesia in 2018, I have come to very, very highly appreciate the leading coordination role played by Bappenas in Indonesia, and will continue to rely on it.

We will continue to work with BANGDA - and Bappeda at the provincial level – to ensure the programme is operationalized at the sub-national level,

And with all the line ministries that have critical roles in achieving results for all the children of Indonesia, for each one of them to achieve her full potential, in line with the national plans and strategies.

This will not be possible without the critical leadership of Governors and Bappeda at the provincial and district level.

Mari kita pererat kerjasama dalam lima tahun ke depan dan seterusnya

Helping every child in Indonesia to live a full and healthy life

Sehat, cerdas dan ceria