Published on : Friday, September 1, 2017
The Indonesian government is aiming to maximize the benefit from Indonesia’s recently registered islands, which have been verified by the United Nations. Indonesia registered the names of the country’s 2,590 new islands with the UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) during its 30th meeting and the 11th UN Conference on Standardization of Geographical Names, which took place at the UN headquarters in New York from Aug 7 to Aug 18.
Indonesia now has 16,056 islands recorded on the UN’s world’s island list, which includes standardized details of the names, coordinates and locations of the islands.
17,504 islands have been recorded as part of the territory of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.
By registering the name of an island, however, the UN does not acknowledge sovereignty over a territory. With ongoing climate change and various nature irregularities, it is important for every country to recognize all islands in its territory. In Indonesia, natural phenomena have led to the emergence of new islands in several areas, but at the same time, some islands have disappeared due to erosion.
Separately, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry secretary general Rifky Effendi Hardijanto said that all islands in Indonesia need to be registered, so that they would appear on the world map. The Indonesian government would also encourage local administrations of the new islands for developing the fisheries sector through public support, such as building ports or ice factories and other assistance for the non-cultivated fishing industry.