.ASEAN University Student Conference 2009.

A week ago, i was participated in ASEAN University Student Conference, Bandung.. yaa, even my english so messy, yah little-little I can lah ya.. ahahhaa.. hmm,, met a lot of great people, brilliant thoughts, thousand ideas, million dreams, and of course billion culture..ahahahaa.. already miss u all my new friends in ASEAN USC..

hmm, kinda short of meeting, but i think that’s the begin of initiating youth awareness about our diverse culture in ASEAN.. why ASEAN cant be like “EUROPEthings”(i mean for the youth integrity)? i think most of youth in ASEAN only think about themselves, not even their country (boroboro mikirin negara, mikirin diri sendiri aja sulit..ahahhaa).. yes,  so do I..

WHY?? just big question that i donk know who could answer that.. just my curiosity after then.. but really wanna improve myself for keeping better, better and better for my beloved surroundings..

just wanna share that all of us have the RESPONSIBILITY to help our country to Preserving and Enriching our Cultural Heritage.. too much to describe our cultural heritage..

just could say, I’m very proud to be Indonesian..🙂

(aduh maaf ya english saya jeleeek parah..jadi maap2 deh klo ada yang salah..harap maklum.. :P)

here the declaration that we build and discussed only in 1 day.. (the bold one is my brilliant idea..aahahhahahaa)

-Joint Recommendation-

ASEAN University Student Conference

“Enriching and Preserving Our Cultural Heritage”

Asia Africa Building, Bandung, 22 May 2009

WE the students of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) namely Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam have met in Bandung, Indonesia, on 21-22 May 2009. Timor Leste also attended the Conference as observer.

We shared and exchanged national experiences on ways to enrich and preserve the rich cultural heritage of ASEAN. We acknowledged that each country has its own cultural heritage, tangible and intangible. Nevertheless, there are so many similarities among the cultures of ASEAN Member States.

We further acknowledged that respect for our cultural differences, as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter and elaborated in the ASEAN Socio Cultural Community Blueprint, are crucial in nurturing a sense of solidarity among youth and form an integral part of an ASEAN Identity.

We are committed to work towards establishing regular dialogue and interactions in order to engender better understanding and a sense of community among youth of ASEAN.

As the future leaders of ASEAN, we are ready to play an active role in the fields of cultural heritage, as well as other areas of socio cultural cooperation to support the establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015.

Towards that goal and to realize a people-centered ASEAN, we have agreed to propose the following recommendations:

The Role of Youth In Enriching and Preserving Cultural Heritage

1. To address the adverse impacts of globalization, we need to promote the understanding and acceptance of multiculturalism to all ASEAN Youth as an integral part of ASEAN identity.

2. To heighten mutual understanding and encourage openness among ASEAN Youths to enrich our cultures.

3. To establish an ASEAN Youth Centre in order to implement and ensure sustainable projects for the preservation and enrichment of ASEAN culture as well as other areas of interest.

3.1. To urgeASEAN governments to develop interactive methods of teaching ASEAN history and culture through internet , games and exchanges among others.

3.2. To encourage the study of a second ASEAN language.

4. To encourage families to instill the importance of cultural heritage and to strike a balance between practicing existing culture and adapting new things. To provide assistance in promoting cultural heritage in grassroots level.

5. To promote and practice intangible cultural heritage through the active use of native language and local dialects as well as practice of costumary beliefs, rituals and performing acts.

6. To be commited to the principles of human rights in implementing the preservation of ASEAN cultural heritage.

OPTIMIZING CULTURAL HERITAGE FOR NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. The governments of each ASEAN member countries must emphasize the importance of cultural heritage in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Corporations wishing to run business in ASEAN nations must formulate its own regulations relative to the implementation of CSR, with a focus on preservation of cultural heritage.

2. To create an ASEAN identity by integrating similar cultures throughout ASEAN countries and capitalize this identity as a tool to create positive impression on investors.

3. Enhance Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Seek to create an environment where public-private partnership can thrive. Provide opportunities for both foreign and local investors to have a stake in developing a culture of understanding the value of preserving cultural heritage. Conduct a study of recommendations on how to coordinate the different efforts on PPP made by all the ASEAN countries and synergize into one consolidated action. This can be done by setting up a working committee to implement the recommendations. Recommendations could include, but not limited to, summits and conferences involving the private companies to inform them of the merits of PPP, with respect to preserving cultural heritage.

4. Increase the awareness of young people on cultural heritage through inclusion of the subject in primary school education curriculum. This can be enhanced by conducting field trips, foras and workshops. Increase people’s awareness through media (TV, audio video productions, websites, and youth TV programs).

5. Formulate joint policies between and among governmental departments to preserve cultural heritage from disappearing due to profit-driven investments (constructions, urbanization and tourism). Prevent trading or commercial use of tangible and intangible cultural artifacts and antiques through bilateral agreements among countries. Promote creative economy by having an active decision-making that involves local and regional cultural aspects.

THE ROLE OF ASEAN IN ENRICHING AND PRESERVING CULTURAL HERITAGE

1. Constructing ACOCI (ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information), and SOMY (Senior Official Meeting on Youth) into its maximum function to the priorities in 4 sections: research and development, educational exchange, promotion and preservation, and communication and information.

2. Establishing an ASEAN Youth Center in order to provide the forum for the youth in the objectives to solve the cultural problems among ASEAN countries. And also to support the , available ASEAN divisions, e.g COCI and SOMY to gain the functions, goals and job descriptions.

3. Formulating a declaration among governments regarding the following points: passing a law against the demolition on cultural sites and sharing partnership between youths of various nations in ASEAN.

4. Drafting a joint statement including the collaboration between tourism boards of ASEAN nation and subsequently creating the ASEAN Tourism Board, emphasis on social studies education by publishing the ASEAN History Book.

5. The ASEAN government should support the programs of the youth such as youth conferences and forums.

6. ASEAN should support the media as a means to campaign and promote the ASEAN cultural heritage. This could be in the form of advertising, movies and other means of utilizing technology.

7. The ASEAN should implement the tourism campaign to promote and propel the prosperity of ASEAN cultural heritage.

8. Each country in the ASEAN should preserve and conserve the ASEAN cultural heritage, collaborate the cultural performances in the ASEAN and implement a cultural exchange program.

9. ASEAN should empower its youth and provide a forum which will give an award to the countries which implement programs in enriching and preserving the cultural heritage.

10. The ASEAN should provide the funding for its youth which will be coming from the governments and NGOs.

11. Providing an exchange program for the university and secondary level and teach the secondary and primary level about the ASEAN culture and its development.

12. Implementing a policy to open our countries to share our culture and promote ASEAN cultural heritage as one.

13. ASEAN should create an office taking responsibility for cultural information (e.g. arts and cultural centre)

Adopted at the Gedung Merdeka in Bandung, Indonesia, on the twenty second day of the fifth month of year two thousand and nine.

Cheers,

Enjoy your life..🙂

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