A plenary meeting held on October 5 finalised the 11th session of the Rhodes Forum.
The book “22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers” that was published in September 2013, was presented at the meeting. The President of the World Public Forum (WPF) “Dialogue of Civilizations” (DofC), Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Endowment for DofC,Vladimir Yakunin, talked about the creation of the book that has already evoked many encouraging responses across the world. A great deal of discussions and expert opinions at the Rhodes Forum, as well as other projects implemented by the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations” were incorporated in the text.
The presentation was followed by the summary of the Forum’s 11th session. The list of issues has become even bigger this year. Apart from the macroeconomic and geopolitical issues, topics on how to reestablish the role and significance of the family, strengthen traditional family values, use best classical examples of world cultures, and handle educational issues were extensively discussed. Few other prominent topics, such as the Sunni–Shia dialogue and difficult living conditions for Christians residing in the Middle East and Northern Africa were talked about.
The most attended plenary meeting was the Family and Education discussion moderated by Natalia Yakunina, the Chair of the Board of the Endowment for DofC and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the All-Russian Program “Sanctity of Motherhood”. In general, the meeting discussed the family in the contemporary world, value-orientated foundations for education, family upbringing and education, as well as other topics. Speakers at the plenary meeting included: Founder of the World Congress of Families Allan Carson, President of the Latin American Alliance for the Family Christine de Vollmer, Executive Director of the Indian learning division LEARN TODAY Arun Kapur, CEO of Nigiria’s Life League and Director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage Theresa Okafor, as well as other participants.
Sunni–Shia relations and ways to overcome the negative consequences of the conflict between the two sects were discussed at the plenary meeting chaired by the President of the International Movement for a Just World Chandra Muzaffar.
Delegates at the geoeconomics plenary meeting focused on issues dealing with a new financial system, strategic planning and long-term investments in multi-infrastructure.
At last, the plenary meeting titled as “Alternative Visions of the World. Geopolitics” addressed such problems as the transition from a uni-polar system, a fair global order and state sovereignty in the globalization process. The meeting was moderated by President of the International Progress Organization Hans Koechler.
A finishing emphasis at the 11th Rhodes Forum was put on the formulation of the Resolution. Its complete text can be found here.