Indonesia’s Education and Culture Minister Muhammad Noeh said Tuesday cultural diplomacy is an effective way to solve global problem.
“By adopting culture diversity approach, not uniformity, it will be easier to solve misunderstanding that may incite conflicts in the world,” the minister told culture ministers from participant countries and delegates attending the fifth Asia- Europe Meeting held here.
The minister said that the meeting is the correct forum to discuss ways to address that aim.
“The forum must be able to establish convergence among civilizations so as to create peace and order in the world,” he added.
Asian and European countries whose population accounts for 60 percent of the whole world and home to the origin of civilization and faiths, has a great chance to promote cultural diplomacy, the minister said.
He also expected that the forum highlighting Asian and European heritage cities cooperation would promote and establish applicable cooperation that would eventually bring prosperity to countries in the regions.
The fifth of biennial ASEM culture ministries meeting entitled “Managing Heritage Cities for a Sustainable Future” is scheduled to conclude Wednesday.