New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Minister of Immigration Hon Nathan Guy to attend Bali Democracy Forum, 8-9 November 2012

Immigration Minister Nathan Guy is representing New Zealand at the fifth annual Bali Democracy Forum (BDF), 8-9 November 2012.

This year’s BDF is a summit meeting to mark the Forum’s fifth year.  The two-day Forum, hosted by Indonesia in Nusa Dua, Bali, brings together Heads of States and other Ministers from countries across Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, as well as high-level observers from Europe, Africa, the Americas and international organisations. 

This year’s BDF is being chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and co-chaired by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Republic of Korea President Lee Myung Bak.  The theme is “Advancing Democratic Principles at the Global Setting: How Democratic Global Governance Contributes to International Peace and Security, Economic Development and Effective Enjoyment of Human Rights.” 

“This is an opportunity for countries to share their experiences and work together on strengthening democratic institutions throughout the region,” says Mr Guy who is attending on behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

“It provides a platform for engaging with other countries on a range of governance, security, economic and human rights issues, as well as an important forum for building closer regional ties.

“Democracy has contributed to New Zealand’s prosperity and quality of life. It’s in our interests to see that the Asia Pacific region, to which we are closely linked, fosters the same environment.”

The Bali Democracy Forum was established by Indonesia in 2008 and this year attendance has increased to 27 participant states and 36 observers.

(Official press release available at, 6 November 2012.)

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