WCF 2016 concluded with Bali Declaration launched

Bali, Indonesia, Oct.14, 2016 (Antara) -- World Culture Forum 2016 concluded on October 14, ended up with the issuance of Bali Declaration, 10 points of commitment to enable the culture to be the driver of the sustainable development and urge the UNESCO state members and civil societies to accomplish the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Read by the Head of WCF 2016 Steering Committee, Ananto Kusuma Seta in the closing ceremony, the Declaration emphasized all the participating countries to incorporate the culture at the heart of the future development frameworks.

The Bali Declaration contains following issues:

  1. Commitment of the UNESCO's state members and civil society to work for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
  2. Promote the culture of peace in order to make an inclusive, just, and tolerable society 
  3. Implement the points of recommendation of WCF's  symposiums series
  4. Strengthen the role and involvement of the youth in the economics, culture, and socio-politics in respect of promoting the mutual understanding and equality
  5. Recognize the role of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations to enable the culture to contribute on the sustainable inclusive development
  6. Increase the investment in human capital and empowerment of the local community in develop solutions to the world's most demanding issues
  7. Partner with all of the elements of stakeholders to ensure that the effort to address the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is is culture-oriented
  8. Support from UNESCO to protect the cultural heritage from various forms of threats, including war and social conflict.
  9. Drive the implementation of the cultural values into the report mechanism at every stage of  Sustainable Development Goals
  10. Develop an action framework to be launched at the 39th UNESCO General conference on October 2017.
Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid, stated that the Declaration will soon be followed-up in the general meeting held in 2017.

In the same occasion, the representative of youth group from 39 countries also declared the point of recommendation of IYF 2016, one of which is to develop and make benefit of the open source technology to improve the education, social, and culture over three years.