THE 11 YEARS HISTORY OF BDF

BDF I

BDF I was held on 10-11 December 2008. This Forum was chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia together with the Prime Minister of Australia, atended by 4 Heads of State/Government, with the participation from 32 participant countries and 8 observer countries. The theme of the BDF I was “Building and Consolidating Democracy as Agenda for Asia”.

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BDF II

BDF II was held on 10-11 December 2009. This Forum was chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia together with the Prime Minister of Japan, attended by 4 Head of State/Government, with the participation from 32 participants and 8 observers. The theme of the BDF II was “In Search of Synergy: Democracy, Rule of Law, and Development”.

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BDF III

BDF III was held on 8-9 Desember 2010. This Forum was chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia together with the President of South Korea, attended by 4 Heads of State/Government, with 44 participant and 27 observers. The theme of the BDF III was “Democracy and the Promotion of Peace and Stability”.

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BDF IV

BDF IV was held on 8-9 December 2011. This Forum was chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia together with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, attended by 9 Heads of State/Government, with 40 participant countries and 45 observer countries. The theme of the BDF IV was “Enhancing Democratic Participation in a Changing World: Responding to Democratic Voices”.

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BDF V

BDF V was held on 8-9 November 2012. This Forum was chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia together with the President of South Korea, the Prime Minister of Australia, attended by the Sultan Brunei Darussalam, the President of Afghanistan, the President of Iran, the Prime Minister of Timor Leste, the Prime Minister of Turkey, the Prime Minister of Thailand, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and the Deputy Vice Minister of Nepal. BDF V was attended by 37 participants and 48 observers.

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BDF VI

BDF VI was held on 7-8 November 2013. This Forum was chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, attended by 3 Heads of State/Government, with the participation from 43 participants and 52 observers. The theme of the BDF VI was “Consolidating Democracy in Pluralistic Society”.

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BDF VII

BDF VII was held in the Bali International Convention Center (BICC), Nusa Dua - Bali on 10 – 11 October 2014. This Forum was chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia together with the President of the Philippines, attended by the Sultan of Brunei, the Prime Minister of Timor Leste, 42 participant countries, 45 observer countries, and 4 international organizations.

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BDF VIII

BDF VIII was held on 10-11 December 2015 in the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), Nusa Dua, Bali, bearing the theme “Democracy and Effective Public Governance” in the format of a General Debate and two Panel Discussions.

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BDF IX

BDF IX was held on 8-9 December 2016 in the Bali International Convention Center (BICC), Nusa Dua, Bali, bearing the theme “Religion, Democracy, and Pluralism” in the format of a General Debate and two Panel Discussions.

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The 10th BDF

The 10th BDF was held on 7-8 December 2017 in Banten, bearing the theme “Does Democracy Deliver?”. The Forum was officially opened by the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia and was attended by officials from 99 countries 7 international organizations.

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BDF Chapter Tunis

BDF Chapter Tunis was conducted on 2 October 2017, a cooperation between the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Tunisian Foreign Ministry, and Institute Tunisien des Etudes Strategiques (ITES). BDF Chapter Tunis was attended by 50 participants from high level officials and academicians from 5 North African Countries (Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and Egypt).

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The 11th BDF

The 11th BDF was hold on 6-7 December 2018. Bearing the theme “Democracy for Prosperity” as the continuation from the previous discussion of the 10th BDF which believes that the growth of economy, investment, business, health care, and prosperity are the result of democracy. The Forum discussed further about the role of democracy on creating a prosper society.

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BDF Chapter Berlin

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, together with the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation organized the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) Berlin Chapter in Berlin, Germany, 14 September 2018. The forum bearing the theme “Democracy and Migration”. BDF-Berlin Chapter is a forum based on dialogues regarding to the experiences of handling migration issues, democracy system in Asia and Europe, and the response of international society towards migration issues in democracy matters.

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