The 42nd Session of the UNESCO General Conference Generates Positive Results for Indonesia

PARIS, FRANCE, Nov 22, 2023 – (ACN Newswire) – The 42nd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO, held in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on November 7-22, has generated positive results for Indonesia. During the election of Members of the Executive Board of UNESCO on November 15, Indonesia was voted by 154 out of 181 countries and elected as the board’s member for the 2023-2027 period.

Indonesian Ambassador to France, Andorra, and Monaco, Mohamad Oemar delivering his remarks on the The 42nd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO
Indonesian Ambassador to France, Andorra, and Monaco, Mohamad Oemar, delivering remarks on The 42nd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO

Indonesia competed with eight other countries in the Asia-Pacific region for six allocated seats in electoral group IV for the UNESCO Executive Board. The eight countries are Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Korea and Sri Lanka, and the six elected included Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Australia.

In his remarks, the Indonesian Ambassador to France, Andorra and Monaco, and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Mohamad Oemar, expressed his gratitude for the unwavering support from UNESCO member countries. “Indonesia is committed to being actively involved and collaborating with other member countries to ensure progress and sustainability in various fields that UNESCO focuses on,” he said.

Oemar underlined that UNESCO’s mission, dedicated to promoting global peace and the prosperity of humans, is recognized as a valuable milestone by Indonesia, which highly values the principles of pluralism, multilateralism, and international cooperation, which are the keys to success in responding to world challenges, including achieving sustainable development goals in all areas of competence mandated by UNSECO.

During the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) election on Thursday, November 16, Indonesia was also elected as a council member for 2023-2027, with Oemar noting that Indonesia’s election as a member is momentum for the country to take a strategic role in navigating the transformation of media and policies through UNESCO.

“Indonesia is committed to continuing to actively participate, holding dialogue, and collaborate with other member countries in responding to issues of media and technology development and the making of communication and media policies in UNESCO forums,” the ambassador remarked.

As the council’s member, Indonesia will take part in determining policy suggestions, monitoring and vision for freedom of expression, access to information, and digital transformation to ensure fundamental freedom is guaranteed, both online and offline, in line with international standards.

Lastly, the Indonesian language has also been designated as an official language of the UNESCO General Conference, based on adopting Resolution 42 C/28 during the Plenary Meeting of the 42nd Session of the UNESCO General Conference on Monday, November 20. Indonesian became the 10th official language, in addition to English, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Italian, and Portuguese.

Oemar stated that the Indonesian language has more than 275 million speakers while delivering Indonesia’s proposal presentation, adding that the curriculum has entered 52 countries, with at least 150,000 foreign speakers currently. He emphasized that improving awareness of its language was part of Indonesia’s global effort to develop connectivity between nations and bolster cooperation with UNESCO. In addition, it is also part of Indonesia’s commitment to cultural development at the global level.

Reported by Lintang Budiyanti, Raka Adji
Edited by Anton Santoso, Copyright (c) ANTARA 2023

Topic: Government

11th Session of the India-Belarus Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation held

The 11th Session of the India-Belarus Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation was held on November 10, 2022 in New Delhi. Shri Som Prakash, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, led the Indian delegation and H. E. Mr Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, led the Belarusian delegation.

The Intergovernmental Commission reviewed the results of bilateral cooperation that took place after the tenth session of the Commission in 2020. While expressing satisfaction at the progress made in regard to some projects, the Commission also directed concerned Ministries and Departments to focus on key sectors in the trade & investment spheres to finalise concrete outcomes.

On the economic front, there has been substantial progress with expanding cooperation across all sectors of focus. India and Belarus reiterated their strong desire to further broaden their cooperation with emphasis on key sectors such as pharmaceuticals, financial services, science and technology, heavy industries, culture, tourism, and education.

The two ministers directed their respective business communities to engage with each other in these sectors to further mutually beneficial cooperation.

The two sides agreed to promote cooperation among various states in India and regions in Belarus, especially in focus areas.

India and Belarus are strategic partners since 1991. The two countries cooperate on several areas. This visit was an opportunity to review the existing relationship and find out ways and means to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.



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Hong Kong – Session on spirit of “The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China” held by Civil Service Bureau (with photos)

Session on spirit of “The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China” held by Civil Service Bureau (with photos)


     The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded victoriously on October 22 in Beijing. The National Congress approved a report presented by Secretary General Xi Jinping on behalf of the 19th CPC Central Committee, which stressed that the “one country, two systems” principle is a great innovation of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The Civil Service Bureau held a session on the spirit of the 20th National Congress at the Central Government Offices today (October 28). The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, attended as keynote speaker, so as to enable the participants to have a deeper exploration and understanding of the spirit of the 20th National Congress and the positioning and role of Hong Kong.

     Secretary General Xi, in his report delivered to the Congress, said, “The 20th National Congress is a meeting of great importance. It takes place at a critical time as the entire Party and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups embark on a new journey to build China into a modern socialist country in all respects and advance toward the Second Centenary Goal.”

     Addressing the session, Mr Lee said, “The 20th National Congress has conducted a thorough review of the Party’s major achievements and invaluable experience in the new era, providing in-depth analysis on the international and domestic development, and formulating an action plan for the next five years’ development. It drives planning and deployment for the endeavours of the country from a strategic perspective, and bears profound immediate importance and milestone historical significance. 

     “The report of the 20th National Congress stressed the advancement for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernisation. It also provided a systematic elaboration on the new ideas, new thinking, and new strategies on the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and mentioned the support for Hong Kong in growing its economy and improving people’s livelihood, and resolving deep-seated issues and problems in economic and social development. It also mentioned giving full play to the strengths and distinctive features of Hong Kong for better integration into China’s overall development. It is an important guide for Hong Kong to promote a transition from chaos to order, and now advancing from stability to prosperity.

     “An accurate understanding on the essence of the 20th National Congress would help facilitate our understanding of our country’s policies and the steady and successful implementation of ‘one country, two systems’ so that we can better leverage on our strengths and characteristics for a better Hong Kong.

     “I hope that the top echelon and the civil service of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) can have an in-depth understanding of the spirit of the 20th National Congress, and continue to adopt the ‘four musts’ and the ‘four proposals’ raised by the Secretary General as a governance blueprint in contributing to the country and Hong Kong with our strengths.”

     The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, and the Head of the Civil Service College, Mr Oscar Kwok, also shared their thoughts and feelings at the session. Mrs Yeung said that the positioning of the HKSAR in the country is based upon the edge of the HKSAR and it should better integrate itself into the country’s overall development. She expressed the hope that the Heads of Departments would encourage colleagues to learn more about the country, adding that the Civil Service College will also organise training programmes on contemporary China and the Holistic View of National Security.

     In addition, other participants including the Deputy Secretary for Justice, Mr Cheung Kwok-kwan; the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Erick Tsang Kwok-wai; the Secretary for Security, Mr Tang Ping-keung; and the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Miss Alice Mak, also shared their views at the session. 

     The session today was attended by over 130 participants, including Secretaries of Departments, Deputy Secretaries of Departments, Directors of Bureaux and other Principal Officials, Members of the Executive Council, and Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments.

An interactive session conducted today for Stakeholders.

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment arranged an Interactive Session with all the Stakeholders working in the field of Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan, Welfare of Transgender Persons, Welfare of Divyanjans and Senior Citizens, etc on 02.09.2022 in the Doctor Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC).  An Interactive session with all the Stakeholders was based on a book “Modi @20, Dreams Meet delivery” which gives immense insight to achieve social justice in the society.  This interactive session was presided by Dr. Virendra Kumar, Hon’ble Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment and Chief Guest was Shri Bhupender Yadav, Hon’ble Union Minister of Labour and Employment and Environment, Forest & Climate Changes Ministries (HMoEFCC).  Shri Surendra Singh, Additional Secretary, DoSJ&E, welcomed all the dignitaries and participants.

Eminent Speakers Mx. Rashma Member, National Council for Transgender persons, from Transgender Community, Shri Jai Singh Chauhan, Industrialist in the field of Disability, Shri Sandeep Parmar, Prominent Social Activist in the field of Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan and Ravi Nara, president of DICCI, shared success stories and output and outcome of the departmental schemes.  Reshma from Transgender community told that the Act for his community has been enacted and made effective during the regime of Modi ji which resulted into achieving justice to Transgender Community in the country.


Chief Guest, Shri Bhupender Yadav, HMoEFCC, briefed about the book “Modi @20, Dreams Meet delivery”.  The Honorable Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr Virendra Kumar,  briefed about the success stories of all the Schemes being run by M/o SJ&E.  It was told that Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001. He was undefeated in all the subsequent elections and became the state’s longest serving chief Minster.  Modi’s huge success in Gujarat paved the way for him to be popularly elected PM of India in an overwhelming victory in 2014 and he was reelected in 2019 with an even bigger mandate which shows that there is no gape between Ideas and reality in his working.  His belief, thoughts, policies and effective method of executing the schemes can lead the Nation on a path of glory to achieve the top position in the world economy and in turn transform billions of lives of the  country.  Modi@20 Book Stall was also arranged in DAIC.    Vote of thanks was given by Joint Secretary Rajesh Yadav, MoSJ&E

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Hong Kong – FS hosts session on “Spirit of the President’s Important Speech” (with photos)

FS hosts session on “Spirit of the President’s Important Speech” (with photos)


     The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, today (August 3) hosted a session on “Spirit of the President’s Important Speech” at the Central Government Offices, with more than 100 senior personnel and representatives of financial regulators as well as colleagues of the Financial Secretary’s Office in attendance. With regard to the important speech delivered by President Xi Jinping at the meeting celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland and the inaugural ceremony of the sixth-term Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr Chan shared its core message, its meaning to the development of the local economic and financial markets, and the way to fully implement its spirit in work.

     Addressing the session, Mr Chan outlined how President Xi’s important speech holds profound historic logic; anchors the historical principle for the implementation of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong; provides direction for development; and strengthens confidence among all sectors, local and overseas, to keep inseparable faith on the long-term implementation of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong.

     President Xi raised in his important speech “four musts”: the HKSAR Government must fully and faithfully implement the principle of “one country, two systems”, it must uphold the Central Government’s overall jurisdiction while securing the HKSAR’s high degree of autonomy, it must ensure that Hong Kong is administered by patriots, and it must maintain Hong Kong’s distinctive status and advantages. President Xi also laid down “four proposals” for the newly inaugurated Government, i.e. further improving its governance, continuing to create strong impetus for growth, earnestly addressing people’s concerns and difficulties in daily life, and working together to safeguard harmony and stability. President Xi also highlighted the need to give love and care to young people, and help them with their difficulties in studies, employment, entrepreneurship, and purchasing of housing.

      Mr Chan said the “four musts” and the “four proposals” raised by President Xi are the guiding ideology and action plan for fostering Hong Kong’s future economic development. He said that the speech by President Xi clearly pointed out that the fundamental purpose of “one country, two systems” is to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests of the nation. Financial regulators must keep in mind this principle at all times and safeguard Hong Kong’s financial security on all fronts.


     He added that the President’s important speech elevated the maintenance of Hong Kong’s distinctive status and advantages in the implementation of “one country, two systems”, with its importance further emphasised. The Central Government fully supports Hong Kong in enhancing its status as an international financial centre, and has pointed out clear positioning for Hong Kong’s future development. Financial regulators should thoroughly consider the relationship between a highly efficient market and a capable government, and act proactively to continuously strengthen the impetus of growth of the financial industry. Hong Kong can thus continue to serve as an indispensable gateway and bridge for the country to the outside world, and strive for higher quality and further development of Hong Kong’s financial sector and economy.


     Mr Chan also stressed that President Xi had asked the HKSAR Government to address people’s concerns and difficulties in daily life earnestly. The “people-centred” development concept must always be adhered to in forming, developing and implementing financial policies or initiatives, with a view to allowing the benefits to reach more people and levels.


     The Deputy Financial Secretary, Mr Michael Wong, also spoke at the session and shared his understanding of President Xi’s speech. Senior representatives of financial regulators also shared their insights during the session.