1 November 2019, Beijing. The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute is proud to announce that its Chairman and co-founder Vladimir Yakunin has become a member of the Beijing Forum Senior Advisory Board. The first ever Board meeting in the 16-year history of the Forum called this year ‘The Harmony Of Civilizations And Prosperity For All’ was held on 1 November 2019, and chaired by Han Qide, Vice Chairman of the 10th, 11th Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. Distinguished participants also included Hao Ping, President of Peking University; Irina Bokova, Former Direct-General, UNESCO; Rashid Alimov, Former Secretary-General, Shanghai Cooperation Organization; and Nabil Fahmy, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt
As a result of the meeting, a number of strategic directions for the further development of civil society were introduced. Board members also highlighted the importance of open dialogue and a multilateral approach to global development; the importance of recognising the role of digital transformation in contemporary geopolitical studies; as well as the need to ensure the protection of the cultural, historical and spiritual heritage of communities, nations and civilizations.
Commenting on the results of the Board meeting, Dr. Yakunin noted: “I am delighted to see that the Dialogue of Civilizations model enjoys support among the distinguished members of the board. 17 years ago, we started to promote the concept of diversity and equality of all civilizations and the vital contribution each of them makes to the common good. Today we see that new technologies, including AI, are having a huge impact on humanity, and it is the role of governments, corporations and civil society to determine what kind of impact this will be. Given the scope of this challenge, it becomes clear that only a multilateral approach can help us to address the key issues which the world faces today. It is diversity that makes our world collaborative, peaceful and a better place to live. I wish the Beijing Forum every success as it achieves a new level of international recognition, and on behalf of DOC would like to reaffirm our plans to continue our wide-ranging cooperation.”
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