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.
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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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Call for Papers: Expert Opinions and Comments

The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute draws high-level experts, bringing concepts and ideas generated in different spheres of scientific and public interest to a focal point, where they can be discussed freely and independently.

The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute perceives the dominant world portrayal today as oversimplified and too tightly bound to economic roots, and admits that the world rendering lacks attention to the diversity of social and cultural aspirations and to living norms of traditions. Therefore, we call for papers exclusively designed by authors: to address the individuals and elites involved in decision-making processes around the world with up-to-date and agile information; to respond adequately to the challenges of modernity; to treat global problems with proper understanding with regard to their complex origins; to draft plausible alternative outlooks of the future.


The Scientific Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute calls for papers on the following topics:

  1. Distortion of the Essence of International Law Today
  2. What Does the Republishing of “Mein Kampf” Hold in Stock for Europe?
  3. How to Provide the Co-progressiveness of Civilizations?
  4. Iran's Sanction Lift (Perhaps, There is a New Emerging Player Behind This?)
  5. When in Rome, Walk Like the Romans (Perceptions of Cultural Traditions)
  6. Building a Better World: Social Justice and Equality for Peace, Relationship, and Happiness

All interested contributors are kindly invited to submit a brief outlook (requirements: English language, maximum 300 words, original content) and key bullet points of the proposed paper for initial approval. Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute follows a transparent and fair policy in remunerating its regular and sporadic authors. Full details of the remuneration will be provided upon request.

Download the Publishing Process and Guidance Policy here.

Please send your abstract and CV to Editor@wpfdc.org


Important Dates
- Brief outlook submission deadline: May 9, 2016
- Notification of acceptance: May 16, 2016
- Draft text of the Expert Opinions/Comments submission deadline: May 30, 2016
- Final text of the Expert Opinions/Comments submission deadline: June 15, 2016

Useful Files
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2. Publishing Process and Guidance Policy

Call for Papers: Special Reports on World Development

The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute draws world-class experts, bringing concepts and ideas generated in different spheres of scientific and public interest to a focal point, where they can be discussed freely and independently.

The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute perceives the dominant world portrayal today as oversimplified and too tightly bound to economic roots, and admits that the world rendering lacks attention to the diversity of social and cultural aspirations and to living norms of traditions. We call for papers exclusively designed by authors: to address the individuals and elites involved in decision-making processes around the world with up-to-date and agile information; to respond adequately to the challenges of modernity; to treat global problems with proper understanding with regard to their complex origins; to draft plausible alternative outlooks of the future.

The Scientific Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute calls for papers on the following topics:


1. New Barbarians at the Gate
“Social degradation” category as a part of the contemporary socio-philosophical discourse as an opposition to “civilization”. Non-responsible individuality as a dogma of the neo-liberal discourse.

  • Analysing new forms of barbarism within and across different civilizations, including liberal nihilism, secular extremism and religious fundamentalism (such as ISIS)
  • Exploring conceptual and practical resources to renew the best traditions of each and every civilization
  • Building institutions and strategies for “old civilizations” and “new countries” to work together against barbarism (e.g. Russia, Iran, Syria, Israel, Europe and the USA to confront ISIS, Al-Qaeda and others)


2. East or West, Home is Best!
Identity – do specific cultural and political identities threaten the universal values of humanity? How do specific identities get undermined by globalization? How might they survive and flourish within globalization?

  • Civilizational and cultural dimensions of international relations (including the importance of social and religious links within and across nations and states)
  • Commonalities and differences between civilizations and cultures in East and West, and how they can help mutual understanding, respect and concrete cooperation (in bilateral relations and as part of international organizations)
  • Mobilising civilizations and cultures at the service of peace and justice (e.g. using cultural and civilizational resources to improve conflict mediation and resolution; developing models of international order that reflect civilizations and cultures alongside nations and states)


All interested contributors are kindly invited to submit a brief outlook (requirements: English language, maximum 300 words, original content) and key bullet points of the proposed paper for initial approval.Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute follows a transparent and fair policy in remunerating its regular and sporadic authors. Full details of the remuneration will be provided upon request.

Download the Publishing Process and Guidance Policy here.

Please send your abstract and CV to Editor@wpfdc.org


Important Dates
- Brief outlook submission deadline: May 9, 2016
- Notification of acceptance: May 16, 2016
- Draft text of the Expert Opinions/Comments submission deadline: May 30, 2016
- Final text of the Expert Opinions/Comments submission deadline: June 15, 2016


Useful Files

1. Call for Papers: Special Reports on World Development
2. Publishing Process and Guidance Policy

Dialogue for Peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan

April 25, 2016

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 the two former Soviet Republics, Armenia and Azerbaijan are in the state of war over Nagorno-Karabakh. But the present-day conflict has its roots in the decisions made by Joseph Stalin and the Caucasian Bureau (Kavburo) in the early 1920s. The small region of Nagorno-Karabakh, about 4.000 square kilometers and less than 200.000 inhabitants, was allotted by the then Commissioner for nationalities to the Republic of Azerbaijan despite the fact that about 3/4 of the people living there were ethnic Armenians. To respect their cultural rights Nagorno-Karabakh got the status of an autonomous district (“oblast”) within the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan.

But already in the last years of the Soviet Union, starting in 1987, tensions and armed conflicts broke out, and the fighting had grown into a full-scale war by the end of 1991. While the majority Armenian population of the oblast unilaterally declared their independence as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the Parliament of the Azerbaijan SSR abolished the autonomous status of the Oblast and its internal administrative borders. When the Soviet Union dissolved, the Nagorno-Karabakh region was reaffirmed by the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874, and 884 as part of the newly independent Republic of Azerbaijan. So there is an unsolved conflict between the right to self-determination and the right to territorial integrity that cannot be decided by weapons, but only through negotiations and a genuine dialogue.
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International Mother Earth Day

22 April

This year, Earth Day coincides with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which will take place at UN Headquarters in New York. The Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015. In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and given the grave risks, to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. The signing ceremony takes place on the first day that the Agreement will be open for signatures, marking the first step toward ensuring that the Agreement enters into legal force as quickly as possible.

The General Assembly, recognizing that Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit, and noting that Earth Day is observed each year in many countries, decided to designate 22 April as International Mother Earth Day in 2009, with resolution A/RES/63/278.

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Fidel Castro Warns of Dangers Humanity Faces

Havana, Prensa Latina, April 19, 2016

The greatest danger is looming on Earth today perhaps derives from the destructive power of modern weaponry, which could undermine peace in the planet, considered the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the historical leader said that such weapons could make life impossible on the Earth's surface and the species would disappear just as happened with the dinosaurs.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership under Fire From Both Right and Left in America

By David DeVoss, Asia Times, April 18, 2016

Foreign ministers spend most of their time persuading other countries to do their bidding. But last week US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Los Angeles to convince a decidedly American audience to support the Trans Pacific Partnership, the newly controversial trade pact that would link the US, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Canada with Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Australia and New Zealand in a tariff-free zone accounting for nearly 40% of global trade.

The agreement “establishes strong, balanced rules to protect intellectual property and the 40 million Americans working in creative and digital industries  — which I don’t have to tell you is a huge issue for California film studios and Silicon Valley,” Kerry proclaimed to the pro-business Pacific Council on International Policy. “In the 21st century you cannot only sell to yourself and expect to grow and survive, let alone compete and thrive.”
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