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Bali, 19 November 2021

The Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) was first inaugurated in 2008 as an avenue to push for a more progressive and robust democratic architecture in the Asia-Pacific region. Since its inception, the event has facilitated dialogues and the sharing of experiences and best practices in managing diverse perspectives in a democratic environment - while upholding the principles of equality, mutual understanding and respect. Since 2017, the BDF has developed further through the involvement of students in the Bali Democracy Students Conference (BDSC). 

What is Bali Democracy Student Conference (BDSC)?

The aim of the BDSC is to encourage the transfer of values of democracy to and among the younger generation. The BDSC provides an opportunity for the exchange of views, ideas, experiences and best practices among students. It also provides an avenue to engage with and absorb views and input from government officials and civil societies.

For the past 4 years, BDSC consistently presents thematic areas of concerns on the issue of democracy that engages youth from over 60 countries into problem-solving dialogues. The success of BDSC is demonstrated through the increasing number of participants by years, from 150 students in 2017 to 238 participants in 2020. The 4th BDSC discussed the theme of “Democracy, Youth and COVID-19”. Over 150 students, consisting of Indonesian and foreign students from universities in Indonesia and abroad, are expected to participate in the Conference.

Now in its 5th year, the BDSC has established itself as the must-attend Student Conference on Democracy in the Asia-Pacific. The 5th BDSC is to be conducted in a hybrid format on 19 November 2021, as a preliminary event leading up to the 14th BDF that will be held on 9 December 2021. 

What is the Main Objective of BDSC?

  • • To provide a forum for young generation from different countries and background to discuss issues concerning democracy
  • • To transfer and share knowledge about the discourse on democracy at the BDF to young generation
  • • To get inputs, new ideas, and absorb aspirations and perspectives of the students concerning democracy

Who can participate?

Participants of the 5th BDSC 2021 are 150+ students, consisting of:

  • • Indonesian students from various universities in Indonesia and abroad; and
  • • Foreign students from partner countries (Please contact Indonesian Diplomatic Missions near you for more detailed information (list of Indonesian Missions).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • • Undergraduate or Graduate students having interest in democracy.
  • • Between the age of 21 – 28 years old; 
  • • Good command of English;  
  • • Good organizational skills; and
  • • Active social media presence.

How to participate?

Registration Requirement:

  1. Filled-in application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Recommendation Letter from University/College 
  4. Statement Letter stating willingness to participate
  5. Copy of Passport/National ID card 
  6. Copy of Students ID Card
  7. Photo (4X6 cm, colour)
  8. Short essay in English, either on Stream 1 “Towards Sustainable Economic Recovery” or Stream 2 “From Social Injustice to Social Inclusivity” (650 words, font: Arial 11, 1.5pt space)*
  9. Profile video (no longer than 1 min) in English, uploaded to Instagram personal account, which consist of:
    • • Self-Introduction
    • • Personal view on “The Role of Youth In Democracy: Towards Social Inclusivity And Sustainable Economic Recovery”
    • • Hashtag #BDSC2021 #BDSCV #BDF2021 #RoadtoBDF

*) The committee has the discretion to allocate the participants based on the content of their essays, available slots of the streams, and the composition of the delegates to ensure a balanced discussion.  

All documents must be submitted to bdsc@kemlu.go.id until November 7, 2021

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