Mark Gino Aliperio, a physics faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences, participated in the World Culture Forum (WCF) 2016 at Bali, Indonesia, on October 10-14, 2016. The WCF included a series of keynote addresses, symposia on culturerelated issues, a cultural carnival, and parallel international youth forum on culture. The platform aimed to create space to discuss, debate, and contest established ideas and approaches in order to recommend new pathways for locating culture as an integral part of sustainable development, ethical frameworks for ensuring community engagement and stakeholder benefits, mutual understanding and respect among different cultures, qualitative and quantitative cultural indicators for measuring sustainable development, and the building of a harmonious “global” society.
On the first day of the WCF, the participants were treated to a cultural visit where a variety of art performances from the various regions of Indonesia were presented. On the second day, there was a cultural symposium on Water for Life: econciling Socio-Economic Growth and Environmental Ethics. This subtheme of the symposium challenged the participants to discuss the role of water as the axis of life that ties together the social structure of the everyday life. Other than the symposium on the second day, a cultural carnival also enlivened the forum. Various arts performances from Indonesia and
other countries were lively performed which represented the world’s cultural diversity. On the third day of the forum, there was a cultural symposium on Reconciling State, Community, and Cultural Divides. The participants discussed the variety of cultural initiatives which have significant impacts on developmental issues. On the last day of the forum, invited dignitaries and notable persons from various backgrounds, industries, and fields addressed different cultural issues and shared their own experiences with the participants. The speakers included Heads of State, Indonesian Ministers, artisans and artists, academicians, indigenous communities, and ambassadors of foreign countries. One of the highlights of the session was the
message of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who reminded the participants the importance of the forum. Moreover, the first female president and the fifth president of the Republic of Indonesia, Megawati Sukarnoputri, graced the Grand Plenary of the forum.
The World Culture Forum 2016 was participated in by around 1,800 participants from 65 countries.