Jakarta, June 17, 2013 (ANTARA) -- UN's Food and Agriculure Organization (FAO) has successfully completed the first round of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) by lowering the world's starvation level proportion from 19,9% (1990-1992) to 8,6% between 2010-2012, which exceeds the MDG's initial target of 9,9%. The MDG's #1 objective is to eradicate the starvation by lowering the number of the starving population to half of the total population between 1990-2015. Indonesia recently has successfully lowering the starvation represented by 37 million people in 1990 to the recently-amounted 21 million people in 2012, meaning Indonesia has just accomplished 43,8% of the initial target - the target set in the World Food Summit (WFS) is 18,6 million people.

Along with 38 other countries, Indonesia received the FAO's award handed over by the Director-General of FAO, Jose Graziano da Silva, to the Republic of Indonesia representative, the Coordinating Minister for Economy, Hatta Radjasa, in the FAO's headquarter in Rome, Italy, on Sunday (June 16). The Summit was attended by 200 delegates of FAO's state members consisting of 11 Presidents, a number of Prime Ministers, and hundreds of ministers. The award presented to Indonesia, "the Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Fighting Hunger and Undernourishment", is for the country's achievement in two categories; the "outstanding result" which was presented to 18 1996's MDGs and WFS-succeeded countries and the "notable result" which was presented to 20 MDG's- succeeded countries in terms of the poverty eradication. Indonesia has successfully been awarded with both categories.

Hatta Radjasa said that the government will continue proving its comitment in promoting and increasing the peace and profitable environment in order to eradicate poverty, starvation, food insecurity, and undernourishment by improving the community's prosperity as well as to be a part of the MDGs' global effort. Therefore, the government highly prioritizes the rural and agriculture development, particularly in the rural community empowerment by strengthening and expanding the public loan facility for the small- and medium-sized business. "The government is striving to provide the poor the better access to the social service, leverage the natural resources for the poor and improve the poor family social protection system.

MMAF Delegate

The MMAF's delegates in The 38th Session of The Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations Conference include the Head of the Human Resources Development Agency of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (HRDAMAF), Suseno Sukoyono; HRDAMAF's Head of Programme and Cooperation Secretariat, Lily Aprilya Pregiawati; and Head of Multilateral, International, and Interagency Cooperation Analyst Center (MIICAC), Elvi Wijayanti. "The MMAF's delegates are a part of 16 Indonesia Delegates (INDEL). In addition to MMAF, Indonesia is also representated by the Agricultural Ministry, Rome-based Embassy of Republic of Indonesia, and Foreign Affairs Ministry," explained Suseno Sukoyono, Head of HRDAMAF.

Suseno continued, beside attending the Summit, the MMAF's delegates also took part in a number of events, such as the conference of the Southern Collaboration Discussion in the Improvement of the Marine and Fishery Human Resource Development Capacity, Coral Triangle Initiatives (CTI), the internship programmes, the books donation for FAO's Library, and the 30th Commitee of Fisheries (COFI) Session report which was held on July 9-13, 2012. In the Session, Indonesia re-affirmed its support to the implementation of the "Ocean Governance" as the novel agenda in the 30th COFI. The suppport is also meant to complement the further discussion on the International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (IGSSF). "Additionally, Indonesia proposed to include the blue economy concept into the conference's agenda. The proposal became such a paramount concern during the Brazil's Rio+20 conference in order to complete the COFI's Ocean Governance agenda," stated Suseno.

Suseno added, the 30th COFI notably took up a number of fishery issues, namely the world's fish state, issue, and needs, the development of the responsible fishery ethic code implementation, and the decisions and recommendations of the 30 COFI's sub-committees on the fish trade, which was addressed on February 20-24, 2012, in India. The conference also accentuated the FAO's main fishery activity since the 29th COFI Session, the FAO's fishery work program, and the chairman and vice chairman election for the 32nd COFI Session. "The MMAF-FAO collaboration, which has long been intertwined, is not only limited to technically-implemented projects, but it also covers the capacity developing activities, short courses, and information sharing conducted between 2007-2011. In this year, the collaboration is extended by involving all the MMAF's first echelon units," concluded Suseno.

For further information, please contact Anang Noegroho, Acting Head of Data Statistic and Information Center, The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Phone. 0811806244)

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