Peace Dialogue Event To Bridge East-West Discourse: VP Kalla

Antara News
October 13, 2016

Vice President Jusuf Kalla hopes for the Bridges: Dialogue Towards a Culture of Peace event to become a platform for ideas and perspectives exchange between the East and the West.

"Through this event, we want a dialogue between the East and the West to occur, as almost all of the speakers will come from developed countries," said Vice President Kalla in the press conference for the Bridges Dialogue in Dharmawangsa Hotel, South Jakarta, Wednesday.

The Vice President will act as honorary chairman for the international event in Indonesia, in which winners of Peace, Physics, Chemistry and Medical Nobel Prize will give public lectures and conduct dialogues with students from local schools and universities.

"Secondly, this Dialogue will surely draw a new horizon in technology and science for lecturers and students from local universities who will organize the event," he remarked.

He believes that a country need new perspectives in order to catch up in the science and technology field.

Vice President Kalla also thinks that the Bridges Dialogue, initiated in Vienna, Austria, can be the platform for idea exchange in pursuing world peace amid the conflicts and recession faced by the global community.

"We can learn from each other in Indonesia as we have achieved much more peace here compared to other countries," he reiterated.

Nobel winners who will attend the dialogue in Indonesia include recipients of 2007 Economy Nobel Professor Eric Stark Maskin, 2012 Peace Nobel H.E. Jose Manuel Barroso, 1979 Physics Nobel Professor Sheldon Lee Glashlow, 1993 Medical Nobel Dr Sir Richard J Roberts, 2003 Economy Nobel Robert Fry Eugle III, 1990 Physics Nobel Professor Jerome Isaac Friedman, and 2003 Chemistry Nobel Dr Peter Agre.

The Bridges Dialogue will be held from January to March 2017 in 12 universities and two high schools in Indonesia, including Airlangga University, Atmajaya Catholic University, Bandung Technology Institute, Bina Nusantara University, Gadjah Mada Uniersity, Padjajaran University, Petra Christian University, Prasetya Mulya University, Surabaya University, Udayana University, Jakarta National University, University of Indonesia, Bina Nusantara School Simprug and IPEKA Integrated Christian School.

Other than Indonesia, Bridges: Dialogue Towards a Culture of Peace will also be held in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore.