World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations (Rhodes Forum 2012)

Venue: Rhodes

Location: Rhodes, Greece, Greece

Event Date/Time: Oct 03, 2012 End Date/Time: Oct 08, 2012
Registration Date: Sep 01, 2012
Early Registration Date: Sep 01, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 01, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Sep 01, 2012
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Every autumn since 2003 the ancient Greek island of Rhodes has hosted a session of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” called the Rhodes Forum. This annual meeting 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 Rhodes Forum have proved the urgency, importance, and efficacy of the WPF’s ideals by bringing the focus of world public opinion to bear on the need for inter-cultural and inter-civilizational dialogue. The results achieved by the Forum thus far provide hope for further harmonization of international relations and promotion of global stability.

The 10th Anniversary Session of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" will be held on the Greek island of Rhodes from the 3rd to the 8th of October 2012.

The events that unfolded during the past 25-30 years have still to be analyzed in their full extent; but even today is quite apparent that the world as a whole is stepping into another set of large-scale social-political and economic transformations.

World events have been discussed and analyzed in the course of several conferences of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" starting in 2002. It was precisely at such a conference back in 2005 that we came to the conclusion concerning mounting financial tensions and the inevitability of an economic crisis.
As everyone can see now, the world community has been for some time without properly working methods of governance and management. Neither the neoliberal market system nor the exclusively state-guided model can function adequately under present conditions.

Our Forum has its sights set on a path to the future which does not replicate customary development formulas but is inspired instead by concern for intercultural justice and global cooperation. In the opinion of the Forum participants, such an approach takes seriously into account social, political, economic and religious criteria in seeking to promote and cultivate forms of ethical life both within and between civilizations. We believe that by pursuing such a path, our efforts will not pit cultures and societies against each other, but rather reconcile them and bring them together as equal partners engaged in public dialogue.


Rhodes, Greece