Rhodes Declaration 2006

Rhodes Declaration 2006

The Fourth session of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, which took place in Rhodes, September 27 – October 1, 2006, brought together over 500 participants from more than 50 countries of the world, united by their desire to implement in practical terms the idea of “bringing closer people and nations, belonging to different civilizations”, recorded at the Rhodes declaration in 2003.

The participants note with satisfaction, that following the decision of the Third annual Forum the process of registration of the international non-government organization “World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” has been successfully completed.

Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and representatives of other faiths and world views have come together to reaffirm that cooperation free of traditional cultural and political barriers is, indeed, possible.

The work of the Forum resulted in the following conclusions:

Today, when inter-confessional, inter-ethnic and other conflicts have become increasingly more abound all over the world, the work of the Forum has testified again to the fact, that today’s world cannot be comprehended and changed in a constructive way without recognizing the key role of civilization factors in international relations.

Neglect of civilization aspects in solving vital problems of the world brings destructive consequences both for our contemporaries and future generations.

On the basis of this understanding the Forum concentrated its work on discussing main issues of the inter-civilization agenda.

Discussing political problems of interaction between different civilizations, the Forum stressed the importance of national states, which notably influence decision making process related to the most important tasks of the world development.

Discussing issues of the dialogue of religions, the Forum participants noted implicit dangers of exploiting religious feelings of believers for political purposes, and pointed out the need of affirming the role of religion as a factor of peace, constructive work and unity.

Discussing social consequences of global migration, the Forum noted that migration processes have transformed into one of the frontline areas of inter-civilization cooperation and integrated efforts of all civilizations in developing norms and regulations for peaceful coexistence of people of different cultures, religions, races and communities.

Discussing top priority issues of socio-cultural integration, the Forum participants pointed out the need of recognizing the value of different cultures and the importance of resisting any attempts to impose discrimination and uniformity. The Forum participants noted the positive role of intercultural dialogue in developing constructive forms of political discussions and economic cooperation, in expanding the space for public interaction between representatives of different civilizations.

Discussing the diversity of modernization patterns for the Middle East, the Forum participants pointed out the absence of a common model for the development of the region that could significantly reduce the conflict potential in the Middle East. At the same time the participants mentioned a number of positive aspects that may de-block the current political situation in the Middle East in the near future.

Discussing the fates of the young generation in today’s world, the Forum participants emphasized the need of teaching young people the skills of dialogue at the earliest possible age and the importance of enabling them to participate in inter-civilization dialogue, remaining at the same time heirs and representatives of their own civilization. The participants specifically indicated the necessity to make the young generation immune to any phobias and ideological cliches, focused on the rejection of the Alien.

The Fourth Rhodes Forum stressed the necessity of broad cooperation between leading international political organizations, public entities, religious figures, different research centers in order to promote initiatives of the Dialogue of Civilizations to set values of inter-civilization dialogue against different forms of violence, suppression and terror.