During a UN Day commemoration event at Budi Luhur University here on Friday, UN Resident Coordinator for Indonesia Douglas Broderick highlighted Indonesia's role in international forums while encouraging the nation to continue supporting the principles and norms of the UN.
Broderick also awarded International Peacekeeping medal Dag Hammarskjold to Dr Mario A Agustin of Haiti who died while participating in the UN Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT) in 2012. The medal was conferred on his wife Maretta Suderia of Indonesia.
Former Indonesian ambassador to the UN Hasan Kleib pointed out that as a peace-loving nation, Indonesia will continue its contributions to international peacekeeping operations.
Director of the UN Information Center for Jakarta Michele Zaccheo observed that the commemoration of UN Day reflected the important roles played by the government, academic institutions, and military personnel in celebrating the values of the world body.
UN Day, which falls on October 24, marks the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945.
The commemoration of UN Day at Budi Luhur University saw several programs, including a panel discussion on Indonesia's role in UN peacekeeping operations.
The discussion featured Captain Sandra Michiko Moninkey, Indonesian Air Force's officer woman, who was part of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon in 2009, and chief of the Foreign Ministry's development research and development for international organization Fikri Cassidy.