Indonesia Must Become Global Example of Peace: Kalla

Jakarta Globe
October 13, 2016

Indonesia must become a global example for peace, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said ahead of an international dialogue next year.

"We are also facing the same challenges, but we are grateful that Indonesia is in the middle, far safer and more stable compared to other countries," Kalla said in a press conference on Wednesday (12/10) for next year's Asean Bridges - Dialogs Towards a Culture of Peace event.

Kalla is the honorary chairman of the dialogue, which will see industry leaders, including Nobel laureates, deliver public lectures and host discussions with the public, particularly students.

The vice president said Indonesia, with the largest Muslim population in the world, is an example of tolerance and respect for diversity.

"Indonesia is a nation with the largest Muslim population in the world, but also home to many Catholics, Protestants, Hindu and Buddhist, as it has entirely maintain the unity and national harmony based on Pancasila [five founding principles] and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika [unity in diversity]," Kalla said.

Sevent Nobel laureates will attend the event: Erick Stark Maskin, Jose Manuel Barroso, Sheldon Lee Glashlow, Richard J Roberts, Robert Fry Eugle III, Jerome Isaac Friedman and Peter Agre.

The Bridges dialogue, initiated by the International Peace Foundation in Vienna, will also be held in Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore.