Yudhoyono to address UN

Jakarta (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will join other world leaders slated to address the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York.

Presidential spokesman for foreign affairs Teuku Faizasyah told The Jakarta Post yesterday that Yudhoyono would deliver his speech after the general debate session kicks off on next Tuesday.

Yudhoyono will share the same podium in the UN General Assembly Hall with other eminent leaders, such as US President Barrack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Faizasyah refused to disclose highlights from Yudhoyono's forthcoming UN speech because "the draft of the speech is still being finalised and has yet to be approved [by the President]."

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa only said that "a proposal on the peaceful resolution of the heightening tensions in the Middle East" would surely be part of the President's address.

However, it is likely that Yudhoyono will also include a call for world leaders to adopt a protocol on anti-blasphemy measures.

Last Tuesday, he told a Cabinet meeting that he was considering proposing an international protocol banning blasphemy against religious symbols on the heels of worldwide protests against the circulation of the video "Innocence of Muslims" that has been reviled for ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad.

Shortly after the opening session of the general debate, Yudhoyono will join British Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to lead the first meeting of the UN High Panel on the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Natalegawa said Yudhoyono would also have bilateral meetings on the sidelines of his activities at the UN with a number of world leaders, such as newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, Norwegian President Jens Stoltenberg and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The 67th regular session of the General Assembly officially opened on Tuesday, last week. An estimated 123 world leaders are to descend on UN Headquarters before the general debate.

Yudhoyono and delegates are scheduled to leave for New York for a series of visits from Sept. 22 to 30.

The President is also scheduled to attend an investors forum, gather with Indonesians in New York, and receive three international awards. One of the awards is the 21st Century Economic Achievement Award by the US-Asean Business Council (Usabc). The award will be bestowed on Sept. 24 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York.

According to a statement by the Cabinet Secretariat, Usabc president Alexander C Feldman said that the award was a recognition of Yudhoyono's achievement as an Asean leader in bringing the Indonesian economy to remarkable levels and improving the credit rating to "investment grade".

"Yudhoyono managed to keep Indonesia's economic growth above 4.5 per cent over the past eight years. Yudhoyono has also made efforts to open wider business opportunities between Indonesia and the US through the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership," the statement read.

According to Natalegawa, the business forum would be held at the New York Stock Exchange and numerous CEOs and businesspeople from prominent international firms were expected to take part.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • EU threatens Thailand with seafood ban over illegal fishing
    EU threatens Thailand with seafood ban over illegal fishing

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action against South Korea and the Philippines. …

  • Philippines accuses China of turning water cannon on its fishing boats

    Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault. The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used water cannon on Monday to drive away a group of Filipino fishermen at Scarborough Shoal, damaging some of their wooden boats. …

  • Image of Asia: Training to storm a beach in the Philippines
    Image of Asia: Training to storm a beach in the Philippines

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault vehicle with Philippine and U.S. troops on board storms the beach during a joint exercise at the Naval Education and Training Command center in Zambales province, northwest of Manila. The Zambales shore faces the disputed Scarborough Shoal, where Chinese vessels were reported to have driven away Filipino fishermen with a water cannon and seized some of their catch in early April. Philippine military officials say the maneuvers with …

  • Pinoy team wins global disaster preparedness competition

    The Philippines was one of the big winners at the 2015 Global Innovation Competition last week for a cloud-based information system for disaster. The project, called "Balangay," is the brainchild of cousins Frei Sangil and Paolo Sangil. …

  • How Asia uses Bitcoin in one color-coded map
    How Asia uses Bitcoin in one color-coded map

    Bitcoin is a global phenomenon, but not everyone around the world uses it in the same way. Here in Asia, the way a person from the Philippines uses bitcoin is probably very different from how it’s used in Thailand, and both are very different from the typical user in Taiwan. Despite bitcoin being hailed as …

  • Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash
    Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash

    Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears. Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. Of course, it's the fight of the century," Manila film producer Lucky Blanco told AFP. …

  • Manila 'cute little submissive' of US: China media
    Manila 'cute little submissive' of US: China media

    The Philippines is nothing more than the "cute little submissive" of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticising Manila for military exercises with Washington. The English-language editorial came a day after the Philippines launched giant 10-day war games with the US and Australia, partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing amid competing claims in the South China Sea, home to vital shipping routes. "Of all the countries …

  • Philippines seeks more military aid from US to counter China
    Philippines seeks more military aid from US to counter China

    The Philippines said Tuesday it would soon ask the United States for more military equipment and training to build its defences, as it faces Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed waters. As hundreds of Filipino and American Marines simulated an amphibious assault to reclaim territory from invaders during annual war games, military chief General Gregorio Catapang told AFP he was drafting a "wish list" for US aid. Catapang said the Philippines would ask for "equipment and training", when Foreign …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options