DOC CEO and Chairman speak at Horasis Global Meeting in Portugal

6-9 April, Cascais, Portugal. The Chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, and CEO Jean-Christophe Bas are among the invited speakers at the Horasis Global Meeting in Portugal, one of the world’s foremost gatherings of business and political leaders.

Titled “Catalysing the Benefits of Globalisation”, the 2019 Horasis Global Meeting was held at a historic moment with resentment of globalisation rising worldwide. Participants and delegates discussed how to restore faith in the idea of egalitarian globalisation, and to devise actionable plans to ensure that the fruits of globalisation is inclusive and distributed more evenly – core values shared by the DOC.

Speaking at the opening plenary session “World Economic Outlook”, Vladimir Yakunin said:

“The current situation is too complex to be described by the existing models, partly because of permanent and rapid changes to the global economic and political architecture. The current state of the global order is more de-centralised than most of us would expect.

“Globalization is an irreversible process, but here comes the paradox: the world needs global governance but is not ready to embrace it. Even a partial de-globalisation, with nation-states returning as the world’s main actors, will lead us towards a revival of Realpolitik, trade wars, and protectionism.

“What will come next? I hope for a kind of multilateralism, based on an understanding of its advantages for all. The alternative is greater crisis, which will demand a total reconstruction of the world order.”

The annual Horasis Global Meeting offers a platform to explore and foster cooperation, impact investing, and sustainable growth across the world. This year’s event was attended by Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and Namibian President Hage Geingob.

The DOC aims to forge shared world-views through dialogue, and to contribute to a fair, sustainable and peaceful world order. To achieve these goals, the DOC believes that globalisation is not just about setting standards – it should have humankind, culture and civilization at its heart.

During the Horasis Global Meeting, the DOC delegation met with Armen Sarkissian – a member of the DOC’s Supervisory Board in 2016-2018 – to discuss the role of NGOs and civic institutions in global decision-making processes.

Jean-Christophe Bas spoke at the “Horasis Prologue – Learning from History” panel alongside other experts and government officials including Ana Paula Zacarias, Portugal’s Minister for European Affairs; Kola Adesina, Group Managing Director of Sahara Power Group; Michael Franck, Executive producer of Franck Documentaries; and Ravin Jesuthasan, Managing Director of Willis Towers Watson.

CEO Bas stressed that, “The World will celebrate next November the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and the overwhelming “victory” of the liberal order. A victory that was supposed to pave the way towards “the End of History”, with the unrivaled predominance of one single model, economic model, geopolitical model, cultural model. The irony is that 30 years later, the liberal order is profoundly challenged, and that the world is desperately in search of shared narratives that will keep humankind altogether. This can be accomplished only through genuine dialogue, rather than denying reality and different world-views.  It is also urgent to realize that globalization is not just about a technical scheme consisting in setting standards, trade, economic and financial standards, it should first and foremost put human, equity and fairness at its core, otherwise the current backlash will keep on growing. This is what DOC mission and activity is about.”

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