NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Amidst the US foreign policy debate, the World Public Forum (WPF) “Dialogue of Civilizations,” a Vienna-based, independent non-profit organization, has announced the program for the 11th Annual Rhodes Forum. The foundation’s flagship event will take place in Rhodes, Greece, from October 2-6, 2013. This year’s program brings together the leading policymakers, economists, and academic, cultural, and religious leaders for a dialogue on political issues, sustainability and economic development, religious conflict, as well as cultural, social, and academic progress worldwide.
“Today’s reality is marked with the positives of innovation across the board and the negatives of political, social, cultural, and religious conflicts”
Among this year’s speakers are:
- Aly Elsamman -- President, International Union for Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue and Peace Education (ADIC)
- Francisco Nunez -- Founder and Artistic Director, Young People’s Chorus of New York City; a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow; and a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award honoree, presented by Michelle Obama
- Kamran Mofid -- Founder, Globalization for the Common Good Initiative
- Mustapha Tlili -- Founder and Director, New York University Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West; Research Scholar, New York University
- Vladimir Popov -- Advisor, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
- Lily Wangchuk -- President, Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (Bhutan Social Democratic Party)
“Today’s reality is marked with the positives of innovation across the board and the negatives of political, social, cultural, and religious conflicts,” said Vladimir Kulikov, WPF’s Managing Director. “The 2013 Rhodes Forum will address a broad spectrum of today’s global challenges, including technological development, modern family values, ethics and sustainability in economic development, as well as the divide between the religious and the post-secular worlds.”
More than 500 participants from 80 countries are expected to attend the Rhodes Forum this year to address the challenges that political and economic developments exert on the Eurasian area specifically as well as on the national governments, international organizations, and civil society institutions.
Founded in 2001, the Rhodes Forum has been at the forefront of the international dialogue movement, offering a platform for people, nations, and cultures to share long-term social practices based on a common understanding of spiritual and material resources and tasks of developing human civilization.
About World Public Forum:
Founded in 2002, the World Public Forum (WPF) "Dialogue of Civilizations" is an independent non-profit organization that unites international nongovernmental organizations, civil society organizations and faith-based groups, as well as representatives of cultural, business, and media spheres from different countries. Since 2003, WPF has held its annual conference, the Rhodes Forum, providing a platform for world leaders and individuals of diverse cultural traditions to address global challenges through a contemporary dialogue of civilizations with openness and mutual respect. For more information, visit http://wpfdc.org/.