ICRC Vice President Visits Indonesia

ICRC Vice President Visits Indonesia

Vice President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Dr Gilles Carbonnier paid an official visit to Indonesia on 7-9 December. During his visits to Jakarta and Bali, he met a number of Indonesian officials and leaders and attended the 14th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in Bali.

“I am delighted to be returning to Indonesia to further develop fruitful dialogue with Indonesian government officials, ASEAN and the Indonesian Red Cross. We are proactively deepening cooperation related to humanitarian priorities at the strategic and operational levels," said Carbonnier in a written statement received by Republika, Friday (10/12).

"As a neutral, independent and impartial humanitarian organization, the ICRC hopes to expand cooperation in favor of those in vulnerable situations resulting from the accumulated impacts of protracted conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic," said Carbonnier.

Ummatimes - During his visit, Cabonnier held a series of meetings with Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for Community Politics and Security Michael Tene, and Chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross HM Jusuf Kalla.

During these meetings, Carbonnier conveyed the ICRC's activities in Indonesia, including the COVID-19 response in eastern Indonesia, such as in the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, Papua and West Papua in collaboration with the Indonesian Red Cross. With ASEAN, Carbonnier discussed strengthening relations with the Secretariat and ASEAN member countries.

Next year, Indonesia will take over the G20 presidency. Therefore, Carbonnier also discussed the themes promoted by the Indonesian government with relevant ministers, including global health and digital transformation.

The ICRC's humanitarian mission is solely to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also seeks to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening international humanitarian law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles. The ICRC has a permanent presence in Indonesia since 1987.