ANU honors former Indonesian Foreign Minister Natalegawa

14 December 2016

I stand before you today with a deep sense of humility for the recognition that the ANU has chosen to confer.

The ANU has honoured former Indonesian Foreign Minister and distinguished ANU alumnus Dr Marty Natalegawa for his outstanding service to society and the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Natalegawa has been awarded an honorary degree at the end of year graduation ceremonies at ANU.

ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC paid tribute to Dr Natalegawa, who has maintained close ties to ANU throughout his distinguished career.

"Marty Natalegawa has been a visionary leader and a central player in the development of both Indonesia and the wider Asia-Pacific region," Professor Evans said.

"We are delighted to recognise his achievements as one of the most respected foreign policy and international security thinkers of his generation, both within Indonesia, in South East Asia, and in the broader Asia-Pacific region."

Dr Natalegawa, who was Foreign Minister of Indonesia between 2009 and 2014, competed his PhD in International Relations at ANU in 1993.

Dr Natalegawa dedicated his honorary degree to his wife Sranya and his three children, and said he was inspired by the latest group of ANU graduates.

"I stand before you today with a deep sense of humility for the recognition that the ANU has chosen to confer," he said.

"Not least of all, however, I am inspired by the possibilities and potential that each and every one of the graduates today offers in making for the betterment of our global society - in particular in promoting a stable, a prosperous, and a 'pacific' Asia Pacific region."

As Foreign Minister, Dr Natalegawa helped calm the waters during strains in relations between Australia and Indonesia.

He also served as Indonesia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was the first ANU graduate to serve as President of the UN Security Council. He has also been Indonesia Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, and Chair of ASEAN.

In all of his roles, Dr Natalegawa has contributed to the promotion of international peace and security in the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Natalegawa was awarded a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, for his role in building Australia-Indonesia ties and for his wider leadership in Southeast Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific region.