29.08.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

The 6th Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations started in Bali

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BALI, INDONESIA, 29, AUGUST 2014—— The Sixth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization officially opened this morning in Bali, Indonesia.

“Harmony between human and God; Harmony between human and nature; and harmony between all human being. Miss one of the three, and life would be incomplete.” said the Indonesian President H.E. Prof. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono this morning during his opening remarks.

The three harmonious life is not only the philosophy behind a peaceful world but it also aligns with the vision of UNAOC which is to respect and tolerate among human beings in the diversity of their beliefs, cultures, and languages.

“Being different doesn’t meaning being diverse.” In the opening remark of H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, talked about the importance of cultural exchange “which allows us to welcome and appreciate those who are different and to build on those differences to create more inclusive open and peaceful societies.”

In the speech of the Prime Minister of Timor Leste, H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, he gave an example of how peace can be built between two nations which had “a difficult history”. From this he also emphasized on a policy of “one size fits all”, which regardless of countries conditions or their capability, they should demonstrate the same level of international standards.

After the opening ceremony, the two youth reporters from UNESCO’s ASPAC Training and Global Media Forum interviewed Mr. John W. Ashe about the Sustainable Development Goals and the role media played in the development goals.

In his reply, he emphasized on demanding a more inclusive society where people are able to be a part of the decision making and a more transparent government. As for media, it plays a major role in achieving these two goals as well as other social changes.

However, he also pointed out the downsides of the media. Therefore, he stressed on the importance of using the media cautiously and responsibly, such as bringing positive news, so that we can truly bring diverse groups together, and unite through diversity.

This high level forum was attended by international diplomats, high-level representatives, ministers, delegates and youth from the different UN member states. During the scope of two days, the forum will cover topics in areas of Education, Media, Youth and Migration.

by Kefei Wu (China), Sapan Hamal (Nepal)

For further information about UNESCO participation at the UNAOC, please contact Mr. Charaf Ahmimed, Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences through email c.ahmimed(at)unesco.org or phone +6281807777444.

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