All Parties Need to Play its Role in Inclusive Democracy

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Nusa Dua (7/12): Indonesian Vice Foreign Minister, A.M. Fachir when closing the implementation of the 11th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) reaffirmed the importance of democracy that is inclusive for all people as well as the importance of the active role of parties in their efforts to achieve it.

To achieve inclusive democracy, the participation of all stakeholders is very important, particularly for the private sector, youths, and women,” said the Indonesian Vice Foreign Minister.

The application of current democracy at present still faces challenges in many ways. In this case, Indonesia proposed an Inclusive Democracy to answer the challenge.

“Inclusive democracy is a democracy which is uniting, not separating, giving hope, not scaring, as well as empowering, not weakening,” He added.

As a continuous effort, democracy cannot only be a measure of the success and welfare of a country. Welfare itself cannot be assessed from the economic situation of a country and democracy is a joint enterprise because it requires respect, recognition, partnership and inclusiveness.

"Democracy requires respect, recognition and inclusiveness," he said.

The 11th BDF has been held for 2 days (6-7 December 2018) and issued various recommendations that were produced both from the main panel discussions or other forums namely the 2nd Bali Democracy Student Conference (BDSC) and the first Bali Civil Society and Media Forum (BCSMF).

Faith Fore, one of the participants of the 2nd BDSC from Zimbabwe had the opportunity to submit recommendations that had been compiled from two days of discussion. The 2nd BDSC which was attended by 137 students from 58 countries specifically invited young people to prioritize education, increase participation in politics and community interests, tolerance, and gender equality. In addition, young people are also invited to respond to changes in the field of technology and are able to use it to channel energy, ideas and creativity into innovation for the common good.

"The young generation is full of energy, ideas and creativity. Energy and encouragement for these changes must be channeled productively through innovation and increasing for improvements in the environment around them, "said Faith Fore when reading the results and recommendations from the 2nd BDSC.

Meanwhile, representing BCSMF was Ahmad Jauhar, Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Press Council, and Priyangga Hettiarachi, from the Wetminster Foundation for Democracy from Sri Lanka. BCSMF itself was attended by 100 participants from 10 countries.

The issues discussed in the BCSMF are divided into several main topics, namely: Democracy Disfigured which addresses migration, populism, identity politics, and corruption; Public Sphere Captured which discusses hoax, sensationalism, and habit in politics; The State, Regional, and Global Changing Contours that discuss the situation of democracy throughout the world; and Reconfiguring Democracy and the Prospects for Prosperity that explore the relevance of democracy and prosperity.

BCSMF further encourages the formation of narratives related to democracy that can be understood by all parties so that they can help to prevent polarization and populism which can trigger horizontal conflicts. In addition, BCSMF also encourages the establishment of democratic institutions, the cultivation of democracy in domestic mechanisms, and establishment of think tank institutions, as well as inclusive collaboration to support sustainable development (SDGs).

"This collaboration must be inclusive and participatory, involving governments, academics, civil society and the media, and the private sector, as mandated by the principle of Sustainable Development that embraces all," said Priyangga Hettiarachi when reading the results and recommendations from BCSMF.

For complete results from the second BDSC meeting click here and BCSMF click here, while Vice Foreign Minister's speech, click here.