World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

UNESCO, May 20, 2016

Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. The United Nations General Assembly first declared this World Day in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.”

With the adoption in September 2015 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations, and the Resolution A/C.2/70/L.59 on Culture and Sustainable Development adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2015, the message of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is more important than ever. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals can best be achieved by drawing upon the creative potential of the world’s diverse cultures, and engaging in continuous dialogue to ensure that all members of society benefit from sustainable development.

Qi Mingqiu Meets Delegation of the WPF’s Founding President

China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, May 12, 2016

Qi Mingqiu, Standing Vice Chairman of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), met the delegation led by Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman and Founder of the World Public Forum on May 4, 2016. The two sides exchanged opinions and reached agreements on deepening extensive cooperation in many areas, especially in academic exchanges, think tank cooperation, communications between young people and women from the two countries in thinking, culture, education and art.

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Vladimir Yakunin Appointed International Adviser to SIIS

May 10, 2016

Founding President of the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations” Vladimir Yakunin has been appointed International Adviser to the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies.

The Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) has appointed Vladimir Yakunin a member of its International Advisory Board.

The WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations” and SIIS have a long history of cooperation that includes regular consultations on current issues in cooperation between Russia and China, the joint analysis of economic development models in the Eurasian region, and hosting expert special events including:

Vladimir Yakunin Spoke at the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

April 27, 2016

The 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was held in Baku from 25-27 April. Vladimir Yakunin, Founding President of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” spoke during the Business Symposium – part of the Forum’s official program.
The Business Symposium was themed ‘Living Together In Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal’. During this event, members of the business community discussed the role that the business community can play in creating a united society rooted in the principles of cultural diversity and mutual understanding.

Vladimir Yakunin addressed the panel meeting emphasizing the central role of the private and voluntary sectors in forming a united society.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Dialogue in Vienna

On May 19, 2016 on the occasion of the UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development in the city of Vienna a “Kulturen bitten zu Tisch” event will be organized by the World Public Forum Vienna Headquarters.

The party will include music and theatre performances by professional teams from all over the world and a multicultural gastronomy festival that has already become traditional for Vienna in the spring.

The event will take place in Sigmund Freud Park and start at 16.00.
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Strategic Management of Russian Economic Development in Turbulent Times

February 25, 2016
The unveiling of the report Strategic Management of Russian Economic Development in Turbulent Times was the first public event hosted by the think tank created under the auspices of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”.

Presented on 25 February, the report Strategic Management of Russian Economic Development in Turbulent Times was prepared for the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” (WPF “DoC”) by members of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, professors and tutors at the Macroeconomic Regulation and Strategic Management department of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and invited experts.

Click here to read the Report and Report's Abstracts (in Russian)


7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations

Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25-27, 2016

“Living Together In Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal” will be the theme of the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), to be held 25-27 April, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. By stressing the “inclusive” aspect of “living together,” the UNAOC 7th Global Forum will harness the multiple perspectives of various sectors to meet the challenge of, and progress towards, inclusive living in today’s increasingly diverse societies.

Azerbaijan, as the host country for this Forum, serves as a model of a country where people have been living inclusively together for centuries. The historical tolerance of Azerbaijan’s people, the political leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, and Azerbaijan’s location between Eastern Europe and Western Asia have combined to foster an environment where people of various religions and ethnicities have lived together in mutual respect and harmony for national development. Azerbaijan’s experience, despite challenges, is an example of a country moving forward to substantive progress through inclusion.

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The WPF Round Table on the “New Silk Road”

The WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations” Co-Chairman Walter Schwimmer organized at the World Public Forum’s Vienna Headquarters an interesting and well attended Round Table on the “New Silk Road” project.

The head of the Economic and Trade Department of the Chinese Embassy in Vienna, Counselor GAO Xingle presented the project which was launched already in 2013 by Chinese President  Xi Jiping.

For centuries the ancient Silk Road, stretching across deserts, steppes, and mountains, linked China with Europe and Africa. It was the way to exchange goods but also ideas. On the Silk Road Confucianism, Christianity and Islam met. The Chinese initiators of the “new silk road” identified 65 modern nations along the ancient Silk Road which always had two belts, the land route and the maritime one. To re-create those ancient trade routes and the political and economic clout that came with them China seeks the cooperation with these 65 nations and beyond.

World Sufi Forum

New Delhi, India, March 17-20, 2016

The World Sufi Forum will take place over a period of four days. The Opening Ceremony will take place on March 17, 2016.

The next two days, March 18-19, will witness 200 Sufi Leaders and Scholars from over 20 countries present their papers and engage in intellectual discourses and discussions with esteemed guests. The last day of the event will bring together a broader audience that will be enlightened about the key decisions that were taken during the International conference and the event will be concluded with a declaration and pledge.

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