World Culture Forum
The World Culture Forum seeks to generate an agreed international development agenda for culture with the view to harnessing diversity, promoting peace, and contributing to development. It is proposed that this Forum will be organised and hosted by the Government of Indonesia under the patronage of UNESCO, and held every two to three years. The Forum’s objectives are aligned with recent global developments which signal a welcome trend toward the systematic integration of culture in development strategies and programme. Key recent global developments include the outcome document of the Millennium Development Goals and General Assembly Resolution (A/65/L.1) which emphasized the importance of culture for development and called for the integration of culture into global and national development policies, in addition to two Resolutions on Culture and Development that the United Nations General Assembly adopted respectively in 2010 (65/166) and 2011 (66/208), thus reiterating and elaborating on the role that culture should fulfil in the United Nations development agenda.
A further aim of the Forum is that of defining and enhancing the role of culture and development post-2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. Following the outcome of the 2010 High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations Secretary-General established the UN System Task Team to support UN system-wide preparations for the post-2015 UN development agenda. Being one of the three co-Chairs appointed by the UN Secretary-General to the High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, the President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is now playing a key role in this important process.
This Forum will bring together key stakeholders from the political, academic, government, non-government, United Nations, development banks, business and civil society to ensure that culture is prioritized in sustainable development policies and planning on a global, national, regional and local level.