I extend a warm invitation to delegates from all corners of the world to gather in Bali during November, 2013, and actively participate in the World Culture Forum.
The first decade of the 21st century has witnessed fluctuating global growth and fortunes, conflicts and new geopolitical formations. These strategic changes demand that culture in all its manifestations be championed as an indispensable agent of change and reconciliation in the face of unprecedented globalisation.
In the opening address to the debate in the UN General Assembly on 12 June this year, I underlined that ‘the significance of the nexus between culture and development for the post-2015 Agenda is not yet fully grasped’. The World Culture Forum presents a space to address this urgent need promoting cultural democracy as an empowering tool.
Indonesia, one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse countries in the world, is initiating the World Culture Forum as an inclusive and strategic platform for discussing, debating, understanding and promoting the power of culture in sustainable development.
It gives me great pleasure to invite Heads of State, Nobel Laureates, Ministers of Culture, top experts, senior policy-makers, NGOs, cultural practitioners and other stakeholders to this significant global gathering.
I look forward to welcoming you to Bali.
DR. H. SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO
President, Republic of Indonesia