Every autumn since 2003 the ancient Greek island of Rhodes hosts a session of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilization” called the Rhodes Forum that brings together public figures and statesmen, academics, religious figures and representatives of the arts, mass media and business spheres from all over the world. The sessions of the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations” proved the urgency and efficacy of the Forum by brining the focus of world public opinion to the problems of intercultural dialogue and the need to work out instruments to make interaction among cultures and civilizations possible. The results achieved by the Forum give a hope for further harmonization of international relations and strengthening of stability in the world. The 12th Annual Session will take place on September 26-29, 2014. The title of the Rhodes Forum 2014 is “Preventing World War 100 Years Later: Through Global Solidarity”.
In the midst of the unfolding new Cold War a monstrous specter is emerging: the threat of a Third World War with truly global proportions. The roots of this threat reside in the project of a “New World Order” of global domination pursued by a totalizing ideology subduing the diversity of cultural traditions and of the historical “world pictures” of humanity and nature. The World Public Forum -“Dialogue of Civilizations” – together with dozens of other international NGO’s and hundreds of independent intellectuals – is aware of the need to foster global solidarity in order to counter short-sighted global agendas with the principles of international law and civilizational dialogue congruent with the idea of a future democratic world order. The principle of dialogue, in particular, is needed to resist the relentless global standardizations and homogenization of cultures and ways of life under the aegis of hegemonic uniformity. The same principle is also required to foster widespread awareness of the ongoing destruction of the environment and of the ecological habitat appropriate for a viable human existence on earth.
Building on the work done in previous years, the Forum 2014 plans to discuss the following issues in the format of plenary sessions, panels and workshops:
- The legacies and lessons of World War I and World War II;
- Dialogical promotion of the solidarity of cultures as the needed premise for world order and social well-being;
- The problem of externally engineered modes of “regime change” as a threat to the stability and development of global humanity;
- Dialogical education as a means to promote the peaceful settlement of inter-faith, inter-cultural and inter-ethnic tensions;
- Projects fostering solidarity in the fields of economic development and regional cooperation and integration;
- Policies designed to protect the natural environment as well as the “spiritual wealth” of the peoples of this world.
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