On 15 August 2018, Vladimir Yakunin, co-founder and chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute’s supervisory board, was given an award by the Russian Muftis Council, a non-governmental religious organisation representing the Muslim community of Russia.

Vladimir Yakunin received an award and medal “for his great services in strengthening the spirit of trust and cooperation between people of different religious traditions, as well as for supporting peacekeeping initiatives”.

In his statement, Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin, the chairman of the Russian Muftis Council, referred to Vladimir Yakunin’s contribution to the practical outworking of the UN General Assembly’s historic 2001 resolution on dialogue of civilizations through the establishment of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, which “for many years shaped the spirit and nature of international cooperation in the field of dialogue between different nations and continents”. “We believe that through your efforts, the interfaith dialogue of Muslims, Christians, and Jews, which has been practically implemented at the Rhodes Forum, has served towards better and deeper understanding among people of different religious beliefs”, Gaynutdin added.

Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin expressed his confidence that the Rhodes Forum, organised annually by the DOC Research Institute, contributes to inter-confessional and inter-civilisational dialogue, which enhances understanding among people from different countries and religions.

The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute is an independent research institute with a mission is to promote mutual understanding, inclusive development, and equitable dialogue. It seeks to develop research-based policy proposals that address key challenges faced by the international community, from infrastructure underdevelopment and economic inequality to civilisational and religious tensions and conflicts.