Welcome Message from Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa

Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of
the Republic of Indonesia

I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to all participants to the 6th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to be held in Bali from 28 to 30 August 2014.

This is the first time the Global Forum is held in the Asia-Pacific region. Considering the immense diversity of the region and the exalted purpose of the Forum, Indonesia is greatly honored to serve as its host.

Indonesia itself is a nation in which the world's great civilizations and a vast diversity of faiths, ethnicities, languages and cultures have found a home. To sustain national unity in the midst of this diversity, Indonesia has to be steadfast and effective in promoting mutual tolerance and mutual respect among all its integral communities.

Instead of regarding our diversity as a burden, we have made it a national asset that works for us. A source of strength that we can be proud of. A blessing that we celebrate. Thus our founding fathers have found it fitting that our national motto be "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika", meaning Unity in Diversity. Read more.

And it is just as fitting that the Bali Global Forum bears the theme "Unity in Diversity: Celebrating Diversity for Common and Shared Values". We hope that the Forum will identify strategic and practical measures that generate and sustain common values and a shared sense of responsibility among all of us stakeholders so that we can realize the mandate and the goals of the Alliance.

The Bali Global Forum will bring together decision-makers, religious leaders, the youth leaders, representative of civil society organizations, members of the media, and other partners in our efforts to promote the cause of understanding and cooperation among nations and peoples across cultures, ideologies and faiths.

It is my fervent hope that deliberations at the Bali Global Forum will strengthen the Alliance's pillars of education, youth, media and migration, and provide an action-oriented platform that can be applied to the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world. A platform that will enable us to build on our commonalities and draw on our diversity.

Thus we will advance the battle against the forces of ignorance, prejudice and hatred. And help bring about equitable prosperity, harmony and lasting peace among nations that will be a legacy to our future generations.

Welcome to the Bali Global Forum !

Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa

Welcome Message from H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser,
UN High Representative for the
Alliance of Civilizations

At the outset, I would like to welcome all of you participating in UNAOC Sixth Global Forum. I would also like to warmly thank the Government of Indonesia for hosting this important event on 28-30 August in Bali, Indonesia. Together, with our gracious host government, we made the obvious decision to convene this forum under the theme of “Unity in Diversity: Celebrating Diversity for Common and Shared Values.”

“Unity in Diversity” captures the spirit of Indonesia, as a country. It is, after all, a translation of their national motto, “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.” It also embodies the mission of the Alliance of Civilizations, which, as a soft power tool, aims to bridge cultural divides and create mutual understanding and respect among diverse cultures and religions. The truth is – today more than at any other time in history- diversity is the reality that informs human life : diversity in nations, cities, tribes and villages, in ethnicities and identities, in beliefs, faiths and traditions. We live in a global village. Today’s world is closer than ever to expressing that most challenging of philosophical propositions: Unity in Diversity. Read more.

Every year since its inception, the Alliance has held a Global Forum for international dialogue, focusing on the areas of our four pillars: media, migration, education and youth. These annual fora have resulted in numerous initiatives, projects, partnerships and agreements that foster cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. They have connected the right people at the right time, both at the grassroots level and at the policy level, to work together and cultivate a climate where unity in diversity can, indeed, be a reality. This year’s forum will continue this effort by, once again, serving as a convener of political leaders, representatives of international and regional bodies, the corporate sector, civil society, youth, the arts, media, and donor agencies and foundations.

There is a simple and obvious reason for moving to the Asia-Pacific region for the first time to hold this forum. Countries in this region, Indonesia and nations that make up the Association of South East Asian Nations, alike, embrace their cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. They provide a necessary example of how unity and cooperation in diversity is a source of strength, both nationally and internationally.

Together, with the region serving as our inspiration, we will all come together from different corners of the world to share our ideas on how to ease identity-based tensions globally, and then act upon them. Let this forum bring us one step closer to promoting a world where people’s differences are their greatest asset.

Welcome to the Alliance of Civilizations 6th Global Forum!