Sabtu, 19 November 2011

ASEAN-UN Create Future of the People

The ASEAN and the United Nations have been committed to creating better future of the people in the world with a focus on women and children, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a press conference at the Media Center of Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center here on Saturday.

"By working together, ASEAN and UN can build the future based on the way we want it to be. We can create a future that our people and the people in all over the world deserved to have,” he said.

He admitted that he always observed progress in Asia. Take for example Bangladesh, in which public health centers in villages had saved a lot of lives, and the rate of maternal mortality had decreased in addition toreducing the mortality of babies.

Then, he continued, he also had visited health centers in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. It has the same condition like that in Thailand, inwhich Moon saw that there was the need for medical care for women and children. "And what impresses me is that how Thailand started a universal health care program. They started with it when the income of the country was much lower than it is today," he said.

Furthermore, Moon said that there are two lessons that can be learned here. Firstly is how to solve simple issues that can save the lives such as by providing trainings for midwife in villages, and clean water and vaccination, which were not too costly.

Secondly, a country does not have to wait until it really becomes a rich country in a bid to provide benefits for its people. “The world is a better place through a program like the ones in Bangladesh, Thailand and Indonesia,” he emphasized.

Moon also hoped that there were more donations triggered by other examples and UN could be a good partner for ASEAN in this case. Development had to be based on the current reality, the world had changed since Asia started to improve through its growing needs, but the deterioration of the environment had not taken place anymore. “We have to be strict and takefuture-oriented actions,” Moon said, (MC ASEAN/astra/dry)

Sumber: ASEAN Summit

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