29 April 2017, Reykjavik: Chairman of the DOC Supervisory Board Dr Vladimir Yakunin gave a presentation at the 3rd Spirit of Humanity Forum, held in Reykjavik, Iceland, 26-29 April. His talk, Humane Values as the Core Foundation for New Socio-Economic Model of Global Development, highlighted the opportunities generated by the One Belt- One Road initiative. “Participating countries can develop business plans focused on ensuring this project brings them proper financial results,” Dr Vladimir Yakunin noted.
“This initiative can also become a key element in a new economic model of sustainable and inclusive development. The One Belt One Road initiative is bringing Europe, Asia, and Eurasia closer together, and will open up new opportunities for business and global development.”
The global community also faces an important challenge: fighting international terrorism. “The United States, Russia, and China will need to collaborate and unite in the fight against terrorist groups on a global level. This is in the interest of every civilization,” explains Yakunin. “The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute identifies topics and threads on which civilizations need to collaborate. It is international and aims to find solutions that will further the cause of global development in peace and stability. The world needs to be diversified. Diverse civilizations bring new aspects to global development.”
The Spirit of Humanity Forum is a global platform for leaders and change-makers seeking to contribute towards a lasting transformation in the world in which core human values such as love, respect, solidarity, and compassion become integrated in decision-making and relational processes. The 200 participants this year included representatives of international organizations, universities, think tanks, and foundations dealing with peace-building and sustainable development.