Press Release #1
October, 21 2016
SP. BIRKOM/X/2016/153    

Quito – United Nations Conference on Housing and Urban Development or Habitat III Conference took place in Quito, Ecuador, October 17, 2016 has ended today, Thursday, October 20, 2016.  

During four days, in conjunction with the General Assembly, meetings, and discussions, the exhibition was also held at Habitat III Conference where member states, organizations, civil society, and private sector showed their commitments and best practices in the development of sustainable urban settlements.  

Indonesia was one of the exhibitors at booth 16, next to Bangladesh and Argentina. Since the first day, Indonesia’s booth had “Wonderful Indonesia” as the theme of exhibition has drawn hundreds of visitors every day.  

Indonesia was providing information on the profile and urban development policy until 2035, as well as Indonesia’s best practices to overcome urban slums (ex. Surabaya), waterfront city in Banjarmasin and TambakLorong- Semarang, creative economy development in Bandung, Banda Aceh post Tsunami, vertical housing and compact city in Jakarta, and others.  

In addition, Indonesia’s booth was also the meeting point for Indonesian Delegation at Habitat III Conference that led by the Minister of Public Works and Housing, BasukiHadimuldjono, accompanied by other delegation members whom conducted meetings with South Korea, Afghanistan, and Poland, as well as other organizations, such as Ford Foundation.  

“Cities in Indonesia need to develop by showing its unique identity” said the Minister of Public Works and Housing, BasukiHadimuldjono, at Indonesia booth.  

Indonesian Ambassador to Ecuador, DiennaryatiTjokrosuprihatono said “Indonesia’s pavilion is relatively small, yet unique and attractive, it offers the diversity of social and culture. Similar to Ecuador which is also located in the Equator and consists of four geographical groups (mountain area, coastal, inland, and tropical forest)” as she explained.  

The cultural atmosphere in the exhibition booth, in the form of colourful decorations such as umbrellas and Balinese fabric combined with Wayang, as well as Gong (Indonesian traditional music instrument) became visitor attraction.  

Besides, the more festive atmosphere happened when unique souvenirs was given to visitors who answered correctly the questions about Indonesia asked by the concierge of the booth who wore one of the traditional dress in Indonesia. (Bureau of Public Communication, Ministry of Public Works and Housing)