Global Media Forum: The Role of Media in Realizing the Future We Want For All

Nusa Dua, Bali 26-28 August 2014

UNESCO organized a three day Global Media Forum themed "The Role of Media in Realizing the Future We Want for All" which took place at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre. The conference was supported by some institutions including the United Nations Information Centre, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics the Republic of Indonesia, the Indonesian Press Council, the Indonesian Future Leaders and BBC Indonesia. Officially opened by the Minister for Communication and Informatics H. Tifatul Sembiring, the conference was attended by more than 300 participants from 24 countries. Some high-rank officials present at the conference were UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, the Director of UNESCO Jakarta Office, Hubert Gijzen, Minister for Education and Culture the Republic of Indonesia, Muhammad Nuh and Head of Presidential Work Unit on Overseeing & Controlling Development (UKP4), Kuntoro Mangunsubroto. Keynote speakers of the conference were Maria A. Ressa (CEO and Executive Director of, Philippines), Femi Oke (Journalist and Anchor of the Stream, Al Jazeera English, United Kingdom), Luis Esquivel (Operations Officer at The World Bank’s Governance, Global Practice). The main issue discussed in the Global Media Forum realized the potential of the media to contribute to sustainable development, and to promote the inclusion of a goal acknowledging the importance of freedom of expression and independent media in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.