Indonesian Foreign Minister: Multilateralism Reforms Top Agenda

JABAR EKSPRES – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that one of the important lessons learned by Indonesia from organizing the ASEAN Summit and the G20 Summit is that multilateralism cooperation reform should be the main agenda of the international community.

This was conveyed by Foreign Minister Retno to the participants of the Global Governance Group Ministerial Meeting (3GMM) in New York, United States, on Wednesday (9/20).

“For developing countries, multilateralism must be able to bring real results. Multilateralism must be inclusive and must be equal. If multilateralism does not work, it will be difficult to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals),” Retno said at the meeting.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, Retno also emphasized the importance of strengthening mutual solidarity because without solidarity, the SGDs will not be achieved by 2030. Therefore, according to her, it is important for all countries to push the issue of solidarity in various international and multilateral platforms.

In addition, Retno mentioned that one of the other important messages from the 43rd ASEAN Summit and the G20 Summit is that Global South countries have proven to be able to navigate difficult situations and bridge differences.

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This was proven by Indonesia during its presidency of the G20 last year and Indonesia’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year, which is considered to be able to bridge various differences and interests of countries, Retno said.

Global South is a synonym for terms such as developing and less developed countries or countries with low-income economies.

Like those terms, the Global South is used to describe countries whose economies are not fully developed and face challenges, such as low per capita income, high unemployment rates, and a lack of essential capital – such as technology.

The phrase Global South broadly refers to the regions of Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

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