The Jakarta Globe has published an interview with Kiyotaka Akasaka, United Nations under secretary general for communications and public information, on Indonesia’s progress and its profile in the region and the rest of the world.

Akasaka talks about Indonesia’s significant contribution to UN Peacekeeping efforts (17th in the world and 1st in Asia) and also the country’s advancements under its eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the areas of education, gender equality and public health. He remains confident Indoesia can achieve all its goals with continued efforts and cooperation between the government and its partners.

Since his position focuses on communications and the flow of information, Akasaka also highlighted ‘in principle’ the importance of social networks like Facebook and Twitter in enabling public access to data, though he cautioned accurate news could get more difficult to find given the rapid speed of technology’s development.