President Jokowi receives the “Global Citizen Award”

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo received an award “World Citizen Award” from the American think tank, the Atlantic Council, for its leadership on the world stage.

In his remarks broadcast via video message during the award ceremony in New York on Monday (9/19), President Jokowi said he dedicates this award to all the people of Indonesia.

“President Joko Widodo is the embodiment of the spirit that Indonesia wants to project to the world, namely the paradigm of collaboration, building bridges (bridge builder) and be part of the solution,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who represented the President of the Republic of Indonesia to receive the award, said in a written statement on Tuesday.

Jokowi was recognized for his leadership as chair of the G20, his efforts to mitigate the effects of war in Ukraine, and his broad support for advancing the realization of human rights, democracy and a better global health architecture.

“It is an honor for me to introduce President Joko Widodo. Starting his career as a businessman and then becoming Mayor of Surakarta, President Joko Widodo entered the political realm to serve his people, to work with his people,” said GEF Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab.

“The Indonesian G20 Presidency comes at a time when the world is facing multidimensional challenges, and therefore requires leaders with extraordinary abilities, leaders who want the trust of all parties. President Jokowi is not just a leader of the Indonesian people, but a leader who has a global vision, promoting peace and prosperity in the world,” Schwab said, adding.

Award “World Citizen Award” is an annual event organized by the Atlantic Council on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Awards are given to personalities considered to have made a real contribution to the world. Some of the global figures who have received the award include the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Besides the President of the Republic of Indonesia, awards “World Citizen Award” 2022 was also awarded to Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, and actor and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whittaker.

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