THE COORDINATING Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment together with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is preparing a number of side events and other interesting activities to support “The 10th World Water Forum 2024” which will be held in Bali from May 18-25, 2024.

According to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut B. Pandjaitan, all preparations for hosting the World Water Forum have gone well, starting from security, disaster mitigation and weather engineering to hospital preparedness.

“In particular, Indonesia is hosting a meeting of heads of state to strengthen the common commitment to the importance of water as a source of life. This year’s World Water Forum is expected to produce a declaration that includes Indonesia’s interests on integrated water resources management in small islands,” Luhut said.

He added that it was the commitment of the Indonesian government to submit the outcomes of this forum to the UN as part of the UN Water Agenda.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, said that in the last period of President Joko Widodo’s administration, all relevant ministries/institutions will do their best to prepare various kinds of support for this great celebration, which is hoped to be an unforgettable experience for the participating delegates.

The main support that will be provided by the Tourism Ministry is to facilitate the delegates to experience the Melukat Procession which has a special spiritual meaning for the Balinese people. This Melukat procession will later involve the local regional government.

“At the end of President Jokowi’s administration, we will really prepare it as a memorable event. And we will prepare several locations for the side event procession,” said Sandiaga during the 10th World Water Forum 2024 National Committee Coordination Meeting in Bali International Convention.

This Melukat procession is closely related to the Balinese way of life, the Tri Hita Karana, which creates a harmonious relationship between man and God, among each other, and with nature. And water is a natural resource that must be preserved. Because water is a driving source of life for all. This meaning is in line with the mission of the World Water Forum.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, in collaboration with, will also offer a package to calculate the amount of carbon emissions emitted by the delegates during their trip to Bali using a carbon footprint calculator. The aim is for the delegation to contribute to environmental sustainability through mangrove planting and coral reef restoration.

Then, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will also participate in the Indonesia Pavilion by providing tourism content with virtual reality (VR), selling low-carbon tour packages, a series of fairs & expos, providing Wonderful Indonesia souvenirs and goodie bags, presenting content and activating the game, namely “Lokapala”, to exhibit and sell selected and quality Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) products through planograms.

“So that’s what we’re offering as part of a side event or our support for this event and for the participants as well as high-ranking officials at the level of heads of state and ministers who will be attending the World Water Forum next month,” Sandiaga concluded. []