"The Retreat has created a light and transparent discussion among the permanent and non-permanent members of the UNSC as well as relevant think-tank representatives. We hope to continue this positive climate for other discussions and resolutions of various issues in the UNSC,” Director General of Multilateral Cooperation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Febrian A. Ruddyard said in a press statement released on Thursday, November 28, 2019.
The UNSC Member's Retreat: Wrap Up of the Year: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward was held in the island of Bali for two days on November 26-27, 2019.
“The UN Security Council members highly appreciate Indonesia's initiative to organize the Retreat in Bali. This kind of informal meeting is expected to provide solutions in strengthening cooperation and encouraging unity among the UNSC member countries,” said Indonesia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Ambassador Triansyah Djani.
According to Ambassador Djani, Indonesia's initiative to hold the UNSC Retreat was in line with Indonesia's commitment to become a consensus builder and encourage unity of votes at the UNSC.
Moreover, Indonesia has appeared as one of the countries trusted to bridge the gap of opinion among the UNSC member countries.
The Retreat was attended by the UNSC countries, as well as other countries that will occupy as the UNSC non-permanent members in 2020. The UNSC member countries exchanged their views on the performance of the UNSC over the past year and various efforts to improve work methods and discuss the issues at the next UNSC performance. The UNSC Retreat Meeting discussed a number of issues, including the UNSC work methods, synergy and cooperation between the UNSC and regional organizations and other UN agencies, as well as various regional and thematic issues highlighted in the UNSC.