UNODC and Indonesia enhance partnership at 14th Programme Governance Committee

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Jakarta (Indonesia), 13 February 2024 – Laying the foundation for cooperation between the Government of Indonesia and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the 14th Programme Governance Committee (PGC) took place last week in Jakarta. More than 200 representatives from various government agencies across the country convened to align priorities in the field of security and rule of law for the coming year.

“Indonesia’s plans reflect our commitment to upholding the rule of law as a principle guiding the fight against organized crime,” said Erik Armundito, Director of Defense and Security at Indonesia’s Ministry of Development and Planning (BAPPENAS), referring to the country’s National 2020-2024 Mid-Term Development Plan (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Nasional) and the upcoming one for 2025-2029.

BAPPENAS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia co-chaired the 14th PGC, alongside UNODC. The Committee is a mechanism established to review the cooperation between UNODC and the Government of Indonesia. Every year, UNODC develops an annual work plan in consultation with government counterparts where activities in the work plan are aligned with Indonesia’s needs and national priorities.

“Indonesia faces emerging transnational crime-related issues, including cybercrime and the nexus between trafficking in person and online scams,” said Caka Alverdi Awal, Director of International Security and Disarmament at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “We hope that the Government of Indonesia’s cooperation with its partners, including UNODC, would be able to respond to these emerging issues and common challenges.”

The PGC is a culmination of a series of consultations with government ministries and agencies at the technical level. Through these consultations, partners ensure that proposed programmes and activities continue to support the priorities of the Government of Indonesia.

“This collaboration with the Ministry of Development and Planning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and all relevant institutions, is instrumental in ensuring the effectiveness, relevance, and coherence of our work together and in guiding the cooperation between the Government of Indonesia and UNODC,” said Erik van der Veen, UNODC Country Manager for Indonesia and Liaison to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“For us at UNODC, this meeting is an opportunity to understand your priorities and ensure our partnership effectively supports the pursuit of our internationally and collectively agreed goals,” he added.

More than 25,000 people across Indonesia benefited from UNODC’s work in 2023
More than 25,000 people across Indonesia benefited from UNODC’s work in 2023

The 2024 UNODC-Government of Indonesia joint work plan was developed in accordance with the UNODC Global Strategy and the UNODC Regional Programme for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. It also aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and Indonesia’s National 2020-2024 Mid-Term Development Plan 2020-2024.

Last week’s meeting showcased the 2023 programme highlights and the 2024 work plans from five outcomes of UNODC’s Programme Strategy, demonstrating the wide range of UNODC’s cooperation with Indonesia. UNODC activities in 2023, such as workshops, trainings, webinars, and other in-person and online events, reached more than 25,000 beneficiaries from various sectors, including government, law enforcement, judiciary, prison, civil society, academia, private sector, youth, and the media.

The 14th PGC also invited feedback and suggestions from participants to enhance the work plans for upcoming programme activities. Held biannually, the next PGC is expected to convene during the second half of 2024.

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