Bali Declaration to be adopted as official UN document

Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA News) - The Bali Declaration, released at the recently concluded World Culture Forum 2016 (WCF 2016), will be sent to UNESCO to be adopted as an official document of the United Nations (UN).

"We will improve the Bali Declaration in terms of language and then send it to UNESCO, possibly next month, to be adopted as an official document of the UN," WCF 2016 Steering Committee chairman Ananto Kusuma Seta said. The WCF 2016 was held at Nusa Dua, Bali, and came to a close on Thursday.

In January 2017, the follow-up to WCF 2016 will begin. Some of the actions and the outcome of International Youth Forum 2016 will be discussed in detail, and there will be a series of activities at the ministry of culture and education. "With friends around the world we will formulate measures for more concrete action. We will work together with civil society and private companies to lay culture in the frontline, as a driver of sustainable development," he said.

Culture will become the locomotive of development in the future, he said. At the 2017 UNESCO meeting, cultural affairs could be a "prime mover" of sustainable development.

For Indonesia, the Bali Declaration will set the tone for future development, one that integrates local culture, Seta said.(*)