Rooted in a tradition of seeking dialogue-based solutions to humankind’s most pressing issues, Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute builds on the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations’ (Dialogue of Civilizations, DOC) legacy and expertise, bringing together global thought leaders from academia, public policy, business and civil society to debate and develop practice-based policy advice.

On 9 November 2001, following an initiative by Iranian leader Mohammad Khatami, UNESCO Member States unanimously adopted the ‘UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity’ and the UN General Assembly presented its Global Agenda for Dialogue Among Civilisations, setting out the principles of intercultural dialogue to be defended and objectives to be achieved. The Dialogue of Civilizations emerged as a practical endeavour to implement this initiative.

History 1In 2002, Dialogue of Civilizations was co-founded by Indian entrepreneur and visionary Jagdish Kapur, and Dr Vladimir Yakunin, business leader and philanthropist as well as by the American businessman of Greek origin, Nicholas F.S. Papanicolaou.

Since 2003 the “Dialogue of Civilizations” held more than 250 conferences, seminars, round tables and lectures around the world, published more than thousand scientific articles, reports and books. The annual major event – Rhodes Forum – brings together experts from across the globe to address some of the most complex issues facing humanity and is attended by 300 to 600 people from more than 50 countries.

In 2013 “Dialogue of Civilizations” has enjoyed UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Consultative Status, and also collaborates with UNESCO.

On the 1st July 2016 “Dialogue of Civilizations” announces the launch of its international think-tank in Berlin.

History 2

Selected Highlights 2001-2016


International Congress of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, conference, Prague: “East-West: Integration and Development.”


International Congress of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, conference, Prague: “East-West: Integration and Development.”


International seminar under the aegis of UNESCO in Paris. Subject: “Dialogue of Cultures and Civilizations: A Bridge Between Human Rights and Moral Values.”


Conference “Education as a Dialogue Model of Social Development” in Ottawa, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada and the Russian Embassy in Canada.


The International Conference “Prague Dialogue on Europe in the 21st Century” in Prague, convened by the WPF and the Czech NGO “Club Russia”.


Conference “Russia–China Economic Cooperation in World Economic System Transformations”, organized with the Shanghai Institute for International Studies in Shanghai.


WPF’s invitation to the third “Cultures Invite to Table” event in Vienna.


“Brainstorming Session on Intercultural Dialogue and Education”, organized by UNESCO and World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations (WPF) in Paris.


Participation in the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, New York
11th Rhodes Forum
International Conference, Unique Cultural and Spiritual Heritage for Humanity, Belgrade.


Publication of the book by D. A. Lebedev Philosophy of Change and Russia’s Common Agenda
Seminar on Cultural Integration in Eurasia, jointly with the Institute of Iranian and Eurasian Research, Tehran, Iran
Lecture by Dr Vladimir Yakunin for students at Lanzhou University


13th Rhodes Forum event
Lecture by former French President Giscard d’Estaing at Moscow State University
Participation in the Shanghai Forum, China
Expert community meeting, International Decade of Culture, 2013-2022, UNESCO, Paris.


July 1
Launch of Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, Berlin
(Successor to the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations)