Greetings to Our Tunisian Friends

The World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" wishes to congratulate the Tunisian people on the adoption of their new Constitution and on the celebration of this event at a recent meeting of our sister organization, the "Center for Islam and Democracy." The Tunisian people can be justly proud of this accomplishment. It is clear that political change or reform depends not only on street activism but on the sustained labor required for building public institutions which reflect the aspirations of the people and are adequate to the demands of the time. Hence, our applause for a job well done!

We hope that the Constitution of the Republic of Tunisia will serve as an example for other countries in that part of the world which are also trying to emerge from the legacy of autocracy and/or foreign tutelage and to forge their own political destiny. In the World Public Forum, we believe that the time has come to recognize that all people in this world form part of a large global family; that the success or achievement of one segment benefits the entire family; and that the misfortune or misery of a segment means suffering and sadness for our entire humankind. This, in any case, is the spirit that animates and guides our Forum; in this spirit we seek to resist the relentlessly spreading culture of violence devastating our world.

Vladimir Yakunin, Founding President, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”
Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”
Vladimir Kulikov, Executive Director, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”

Endorsed by Giuseppe Caforio, Deputy President, Italian Interuniversity Centre of Military and Historical Studies