A delegation from the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC RI) visited New Delhi for three days (26 – 29 July 2017) to meet with high level representatives from the United Nations, various think tanks, NGOs, and research institutes to learn about the challenges that Indian society faces, and to consider DOC RI’s involvement in the Asian region. During his opening speech at the conference on Future of Cities: Opportunities and Challenges on 27 July New Delhi, the Chairman of DOC RI’s Supervisory Board, Vladimir Yakunin, stated:
“The topic of the future of cities for humankind in the twenty-first century is becoming more significant amid the situation when cities actually become economic, social, and politically dominant points for every culture of the modern times. The way city landscapes will look and what kind of opportunities will be provided for citizens will influence the future of the whole world. The topic of globalisation, different models of economic development, and the search for universal economic well-being for all civilisations is one of the key themes for the analytical work of the DOC Research Institute today”.
Health, water supply, food, infrastructure development, and educating the youngest generations on human values were the most discussed topics during the three day trip. “What is missing is a holistic approach towards economics, politics, society, and resources”, mentioned the Peace Nobel Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi in an exclusive meeting with DOC RI.
DOC Research Institute also had meetings with the National Institute of Urban Affairs, UNESCO, the IMF, Brookings India, the WHO, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Research and Information System for developing Countries (RIS), the Swedish Embassy, UNFPA, and the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia. Whether and how DOC RI will engage with India and these institutions more closely will be discussed internally, and decided in the upcoming weeks.