The World Culture Forum, Bali 24 - 27th November 2013



I was a participant of the inaugural World Culture Forum in Indonesia recently. The WCF's main aim was to be like the Davos World Economic Forum and the RIO International Environment Forum but in culture. It ended on 27th November 2013. The World Culture Forum in Indonesia reported the following news:

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World Culture Forum closes in Indonesia

BALI, Indonesia, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The World Culture Forum ( WCF) was closed on Tuesday afternoon with a joint commitment document that calls for measurable, effective role and integration of culture at all levels in the post-2015 development agenda.


The conclusion of the inaugural WCF event was conducted by Indonesian National Education and Culture Minister Muhammad Nuh at Bali International Convention Center (BICC).

According to the document of Bali Promise, participants promised to seek new modality for the valuing and measuring of culture in sustainable developments, developing accountable ethical framework for evidence-based measures of community engagement and stakeholders benefits, fostering new participatory models promoting cultural democracy and social inclusion and fostering the stability in social, political and economic development for nurturing the culture of peace at both local and international levels.

Supporting the leadership of young people in cultural endeavors, promoting local knowledge system in guiding environmental conservation and heritage protection and developing and strengthening productive partnerships among public and private sectors are also included in the Bali Promise.

"We are grateful that we have conducted this inaugural event successfully. The event was featured with high dynamic thought changing among prominent cultural experts. And because this was the first to have been convened, we use promise as the outcome of the event," Muhammad Nuh told a press conference.

The minister said that Indonesia intends to become the eternal host of the WCF event in the future. "Indonesia would be the eternal home to WCF. So the host would still be Indonesia, other countries may act as the co-host. We would convene it once in two years," the minister said.

The idea to use the power of culture in sustainable development was originally conceived by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2005. The inaugural WCF event materialized the president's idea, attended by ministerial officials of 16 countries and a total of 800 participants from 65 countries.

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