The President Faure Gnassingbé, who currently chairs the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), welcomed the relevance of the themes selected for the 16th Dialogue of Civilizations Rhodes Forum and especially the summit devoted to Africa in its irreversible quest for harmonious development.
H.E. Mr. Faure Gnassingbé will in particular take part in a focal event of this year’s forum – the Africa Summit, titled “Engaging Africa in Dialogue: Towards a harmonious development of the continent”, which will take place on October 6, 2018 in the form of a high-level panel dedicated to the development of the African continent and its relations with the rest of the world.
“There’s no doubt that the quality of the expected participants coupled with the DOC experience in organizing such events will contribute to the success of the work of the 16th Dialogue of Civilizations Rhodes Forum for mutual understanding between the people of different cultures and an inclusive development of the planet”, he also stated.
Dialogue of Civilizations’ Rhodes Forum is a great opportunity to enhance collective thinking on multilateral issues and solutions to the major challenges of our time.
For me, the Rhodes Forum is a very refreshing place where I can meet a lot of interesting people with great personalities – people who have achieved a lot and are extremely successful, yet they are not at all arrogant or pretentious.
I appreciate organisations such as the Rhodes Forum for stepping in to fill the gap, with programmes that promote understanding, unity, and equality. Advocacy by the Rhodes Forum and similar organisations is exceedingly important because they provide neutral platforms for advice on global issues.
It takes a lot of courage to come up with thoughts and this is what this Forum is all about: to challenge existing structures and to challenge things that seem to be carved in stone.
This Forum has benefited from the most valuable experiences and wisdom of great thinkers and scholar in addressing global challenges and promoting dialogue and justice in the world.
We should enrich our diversity and we should celebrate our diversity, and at the same time find a way how to understand each other. This Forum has played a crucial role the last years how to bridge the gap among different cultures, different ideas, different religions.
In our world of “the winner takes all” it is critically important for any public event to have “stars” among its participants. That is why the 15th Rhodes Forum was clearly a major success for all its participants and supporters. All sessions of the forum had high-level discussants, and we were all particularly proud to attend top quality plenary and policy sessions.
The Forum made weighty contribution to the development of inter-civilisation communication, strengthening trust and mutual understanding between peoples. The Rhodes forum has become an authoritative discussion floor for consideration of urgent problems of evolution and interaction of civilisations.
It makes sense to go to the Rhodes forum. You understand a number of things there, see them in a different light, from a different angle. This motivates you to look for and formulate new answers.
My colleagues told me about important ideas this Forum generates for the global community. I read the outcomes of previous Rhodes Forums and am excited to see how dignitaries representing different cultures and civilizations in this great Mediterranean atmosphere will discuss pressing global issues.
We matured from altruists to very sustainable platform for trying to find a way to avoid clash of civilisations and introduce the paradigm of dialogue.
Rhodes Forum has massive amount of most interesting people that we can find on a planet. Big hand and applause for Rhodes team for bringing people here and put them together.
I loved Rhodes Forum, it was extremely informative, I can really say that.
Problems now have no borders, we have to find solutions together. This (Forum) is something that is global.
We are searching all around the world for some sort of intermediary forces that could bring people together to start the dialogue and to discuss substantial issues that are the underlying causes for the conflicts that we are in right now. That is the role of the Rhodes Forum.
I am very impressed with the openness and the real dialogue at the Rhodes Forum. I learned a lot here.
After 15 annual Rhodes Forums the name of this beautiful island has not only come to represent an inspiring event, but also a community, a movement seeking to change the world for the better. This movement is open to anyone who believes in the power of dialogue.
Thanks to Mr. Yakunin for bringing us together and for making this conference an important annual global event.
I believe that leaders need to come together, despite how different we are, despite how we can disagree we need to learn to talk to each other.
It was an absolutely fantastic experience for me! It was wonderful to meet kindred spirits. At this time of atomistic anomie, one can easily become overwhelmed by feelings of powerlessness. Although I will never abandon my deep beliefs in the possibility of peace, it is easy to become so discouraged when we see the sheer bloodiness of today’s state policies.
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Based on research conducted by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute and contributions made by panellists and moderators during the 2017 Rhodes Forum, the DOC suggests the following policy recommendations for further development and proposal to the relevant entities.
Though not exhaustive in scope, we believe these suggestions provide a concrete starting point for future policy analysis and development.