The leader of Indonesia laid out the priorities as the world’s fourth-largest country prepares to assume the presidency of the G-20 next year
With Indonesia poised to assume the presidency of the G-20 next year, the leader of the world’s fourth-largest country laid out its priorities to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.
In a pre-recorded statement, Joko Widodo said inclusiveness and a sustainable, green economy will top the list during the 2022 presidency themed “Recover Together, Recover Stronger.” He committed to working for the benefit of all, including “vulnerable groups that must be prioritized.”
Calling for countries to work in concert, he advocated for reorganizing the architecture to mobilize global health security resources, like funding and vaccines, and establishing a standardized global health protocol for travel.
The 60-year-old Widodo, popularly known as “Jokowi,” presents himself as a man of the people and campaigned in part on a pledge to run a clean government in a country rife with corruption. His credibility in improving infrastructure and the environment in southeast Asia’s largest economy helped him win a second term in 2019, although he had to reshuffle his cabinet in December after the arrests of two ministers on corruption charges.
“Indonesia’s commitment toward climate resilience, low carbon development and green technology is firm and clear,” he said, but added that developing countries need to be included in energy and technology process transformation. He underscored the importance of diversifying the locations of production centers.