Delphi Economic Forum: Vladimir Yakunin gives keynote speech


Delphi, 02 March 2018: Chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC RI) Supervisory Board Dr Vladimir Yakunin has given a keynote speech at the Delphi Economic Forum. In his speech, Vladimir Yakunin mentions that economic indicators alone, such as GDP per capita and its growth rates, do not adequately reflect social and economic progress, and notes that there are trade-offs between socio-economic and ecological Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), meaning that achieving the socio-economic goals while applying the prevailing non-prudent use of natural resources is impossible. “Davos Forum experts identified five risk categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal, and technological. But the most important risk is missing from this classification: the anthropological crisis, or the risk of a crisis of humanity,” Yakunin said.

The DOC Research Institute advocates a world of civilisational equality, inclusive development, and cooperation in dealing with grave threats and complex challenges. In all its work, including the annual Rhodes Forum, the DOC RI takes a strong position in favour of multi-lateral dialogue and calls on all governments, parliaments, and peoples to protect the future of humanity, and human values. Vladimir Yakunin and the Founder and Chairman of the Delphi Economic Forum Symeon G. Tsomokos see great potential for further exchanges of expertise and opinion regarding the outcomes of the Rhodes Forum and Delphi Economic Forum, and to this end signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). One of the major aims of this MoU is to cultivate and empower the next generation of policy experts, businesspeople, and academics from around the world, with an emphasis on questioning traditional narratives and strengthening exchanges that will enhance dialogue between different nations and civilisations. Both parties agreed that the collaboration covered by the MoU would include: exchanging publications, sharing speakers, and holding joint seminars.

Delphi Economic Forum is a member-driven organisation, committed to delivering and promoting innovative ideas for sustainable and competitive growth for Greece and the wider region. Its annual forum is held in Delphi, Greece.

Held on the Greek island of Rhodes each year since 2003, the Rhodes Forum has made its name as a premier destination for globally renowned academics and policy-makers to share their insights into common global problems, to discuss potential solutions and to identify future trends.