Jean-Christophe Bas, CEO of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, on October 24 attended the 2019 World Business Conference for World Peace in Hiroshima, Japan.
With the title: “Positive economy, a path to peace. Building a better world for future generations”, the main goal was to discuss how the business sector can contribute to building a lasting peace without nuclear weapons.
Jean-Christophe Bas took part in a panel discussion titled: “What will trigger conflict in the 21st century?”. Other speakers on the session included Akiko Tagushi, director of International Labour Organisation Office for Japan, and Robert Verdier, president of Positive Planet Japan and CEO of Dexia Credit Local Japan. Bas stressed in his contribution that “it is not just technology and resources that will generate tensions and conflicts, but maybe more importantly the growing divide among cultures and civilizations; the disagreement about values and principles that should prevail; and the lack of shared worldviews in world affairs today. Instead of engaging in a genuine dialogue to set the ground for multipolar peaceful coexistence, we see a growing claim by governments to impose their views against those of others. We are entering a “no once world” that is dangerous”. The CEO of DOC also on this occasion met the Governor of Hiroshima Mr Hidehiko Yuzaki, a leader committed to peace, and invited him to address the next edition of the Rhodes Forum in 2020.
Jean-Christophe Bas also attended the ‘Dialogue sino-franҫais sur les civilisations’ held last week in Paris, which brought together more than 200 senior Chinese and French officials, leading experts and academics, prominent figures from the arts and cultural world, and business representatives from both countries. Among them Mr. Wang Yi, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, and former French Prime Ministers Laurent Fabius and Dominique de Villepin.
Jean-Christophe Bas took part in a discussion on “the development of modern civilisations”. Other speakers included Meng Man, professor at the institute of history and culture at the University of Ethnicities, Emmanuel Dupuy, president of l’Institut Prospective et Sécurité en Europe (IPSE), and Zhao Xiaoxing, assistant director and researcher at institute of documents at the Dunhuang academy. Here again, he stressed the importance “to open the debate on values and principles that will keep humanity together in the 21st century. In response to the growing questioning about universal values adopted at a time when the emerging world didn’t have a seat at the table to contribute their own views, the time has probably come to initiate a global conversation on values and principles that keep us altogether, call it universal, shared or common. This may mean also the development of new forms of solidarity, of new mechanisms of expression and interaction among cultures and civilizations. This is getting quite urgent. And this should not be just the task and responsibility of governments, all stakeholders should be involved and proactively contributing. DOC definitely stands ready to play a significant role as a convener of multiple perspectives as the recent edition of the Rhodes Forum has shown.”
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