World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

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Speaking about the Present, Explain the Future

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Mission The World Public Forum -"Dialogue of Civilizations" is an INGO, which researches and develops images of humanity's future supportive of inclusive social and political developments and transformations pointing toward the goal of peace and stability in the world.
In our WPF, the dominant world picture today is perceived as oversimplified and too tightly bound to economic roots. The world picture lacks attention to the diversity of social and cultural aspirations and to living norms of traditions. Due to this oversimplification, individuals and elites involved in decision-making processes around the world fail to respond adequately to the challenges of modernity, treat global problems without proper understanding of their complex origins, and become incapable of drafting plausible alternative images of the future.
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The World Public Forum is subtitled "Dialogue of Civilizations". This means: it is a Forum where important global issues are addressed through inter-national and cross-cultural dialogue. The Forum deals particularly with major global fault lines: that is, with situations which are, or are likely to become, sources of major political, economic and cultural conflicts in our world. We presently see for main fault lines or areas of conflict.

1. East-West conflict, especially the rift between America/Europe and Russia/Eurasia: It is customary today to speak of Cold War II; but this conflict can easily escalate into a hot war, possibly a nuclear war. On this context, it is a crucial task of WPF to bring parties to this conflict together and try to defuse existing hostilities through dialogue and negotiations. Along these lines, we encourage and support inter-governmental and diplomatic conferences; but we also directly organize meetings of political and civil-society leaders from East and West, especially from Europe and Russia.

2. Political and sectarian conflict in West Asia and MENA: Presently the tensions between the West and the Islamic world are at a high point. Inside the Islamic world, there is a grim and bloody clash between Sunni and Shia Muslims, a clash that is aggravated (if not instigated) by geopolitical agendas of outside powers. In this situation, it is an urgent task of WPF to bring Sunni and Shia leaders together in peaceful discussions and also to persuade outside powers to abstain from interfering in, or aggravating, the clash through proxy warfare, arms shipments, and policies of "regime change".

3. Africa and Latin America.: There are numerous military clashes going on presently in several African countries, and the likelihood of them spreading to other parts of Africa is enormous. Behind these clashes there are often sectarian or religious rivalries (especially (between Muslims and Christians); these are often aggravated by geopolitical strug

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