Road to Rhodes: Rhodes Forum opening plenary session preview

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The opening plenary session – “30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: In Search of a Roadmap and a Compass” – will help to frame the overall discussion at this year’s Rhodes Forum, which will take a deep dive into the many and varied changes that today’s world is undergoing. As DOC CEO Jean-Christophe Bas notes in our latest Road to Rhodes video: “We live in a world that is radically different compared to post World War II, and there is a tremendous need to visit or to revisit the global architectural framework.”

While rapid globalisation has delivered many benefits, it has also created new divisions, and the international framework and institutions that govern today’s world are increasingly under strain. The challenge, as Bas sees it, is to reimagine this global architecture to reflect this new state of affairs. “Otherwise, the risk is that many parts of the world would consider that they are not properly represented” and will decide to go their own way.

“This is the responsibility of an organisation like DOC – to bring together the best minds from all parts of the world. This is what makes the DOC unique – we are not there to promote a specific agenda.” The 17th edition of the Rhodes Forum will therefore bring around one table some of these minds, Bas says, in order to think together and to work together to shape a new world.

The opening plenary therefore has a global line-up of high-profile speakers including:

* Professor Chen Dongxiao, President of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies;

* Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20;

* Miguel Ángel Moratinos, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations;

* Dr Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

* James Rubin, former US Assistant Secretary of State.

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