ASEAN’s Pivotal Role in Global Issues: Insights from Retno Marsudi at ASEAN Media Forum 2023

ASEAN’s Pivotal Role in Global Issues: Insights from Retno Marsudi at ASEAN Media Forum 2023

Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, discusses ASEAN’s role in global issues at the ASEAN Media Forum 2023. Learn about ASEAN’s stand on the Gaza situation, its role in the global landscape, and its future vision.

In a captivating address at the ASEAN Media Forum 2023, Retno Marsudi, the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, discussed a broad spectrum of global issues and ASEAN’s crucial role in tackling them.

Marsudi’s speech kicked off with her recent involvement in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting and the emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) regarding the escalating situation in Gaza.

The Stalemate at the United Nations Security Council

Marsudi returned from New York with disappointing news: the UNSC had failed to agree on how to handle the dire situation in Gaza. This deadlock has sparked questions about the UNSC’s effectiveness in dealing with critical global issues. In response, Indonesia, along with other nations, initiated a special session of the UNGA to address the issue.

Indonesia’s Proactive Role in the UNGA

Indonesia’s commitment to international peace and security was demonstrated as Marsudi highlighted their proactive role in co-sponsoring a UNGA resolution on protecting civilians and upholding legal and humanitarian obligations. The resolution, adopted on October 27, 2003, exemplifies their unwavering commitment to addressing violence and human rights abuses against civilians.

ASEAN’s Stand on the Gaza Situation

Marsudi shifted her focus to the ASEAN community, stressing the importance of a collective response to crises. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers issued a statement strongly condemning acts of violence against civilians, including ASEAN nationals, and calling for urgent humanitarian assistance. Marsudi emphasized that the peace and stability ASEAN has enjoyed for over five decades should not be taken for granted. She underscored the need for continued efforts to maintain this peace.

ASEAN’s Role in the Global Landscape

In the current global landscape marked by major power rivalries, food and energy crises, and ongoing conflicts, Marsudi highlighted ASEAN’s pivotal role. As chair of ASEAN, Indonesia has been actively addressing these challenges, both current and future. Notably, they have succeeded in bridging differences and finding common ground in negotiations, even amid complex geopolitical dynamics.

The Future of ASEAN

Marsudi provided insights into ASEAN’s vision beyond 2025. This vision aims to establish a people-centered, adaptive, and resilient ASEAN capable of navigating the complexities of the modern world. Key areas of focus include strengthening decision-making processes within ASEAN and promoting cooperation in various sectors such as energy, finance, digital economy, and sustainable blue and green economies.

Expanding ASEAN's TAC

Serbia, Panama, and Kuwait recently joined the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC), becoming the 52nd, 53rd, and 54th countries to do so.  Retno Marsudi emphasized the TAC's role in promoting friendly relations, dialogue, and peaceful coexistence in the region, particularly in the context of current geopolitical tensions. She highlighted the importance of using the growing enthusiasm for TAC to enhance regional stability and address common challenges, including climate change and transnational crime.  In 2023, Saudi Arabia also joined the TAC, bringing the total number of new signatories to four in the same year. All five members of the United Nations Security Council (P5) have acceded to the TAC, and only Italy and Mexico among the G20 members have yet to sign.

The Myanmar Situation

Acknowledging slow progress in addressing Myanmar’s situation, Marsudi conveyed Indonesia’s commitment to playing a role through Troika efforts to achieve wider consensus and ensure humanitarian access in conflict areas.


Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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