In news from Berlin, Russian businessman, philanthropist, and former president of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin helped launch the international think tank Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC). With a core mission to harness the intellectual power its wide constituency, the new Berlin branch is the first of a series of new operational centers.
The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) has developed out of the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations, which over its 15-year history built up considerable expertise in creating a space for people from different faiths, backgrounds, and positions, to come together and work to solve some of the world's most complex problems.
Co-founder of DOC Berlin, Vladimir Yakunin, had this to say at the christening of DOC Berlin in the Humboldt Carré in Berlin :
"This is an important development, filling a very real gap in the current think tank environment - for an organisation that not only looks worldwide, but one that combines perspectives from expert communities and decision makers across today's key geographies. Our fundamental philosophy is one of mutual respect and understanding. Indeed, it is only through dialogue rooted in these principles that we will be able to meet the daunting challenges the humankind now faces."
Also on hand were; Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz, former German ambassador to the UK and Russia; and German General A.D. Harald Kujat will also participate in the DOC’s launch event in Berlin. The DOC co-founders are; Founding president Vladimir Yakunin, Co-chairman Walter Schwimmer and Professor Peter W. Schulze.
With planned operational centres for Russia and, in due course, China, the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute will become a central hub for media and researchers to access for events, original research, expert commentary, and policy advice across a range of disciplines including; conflict resolution, global security, origins of migration, global infrastructure development.
About the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute
Rooted in a tradition of seeking dialogue-based solutions to humankind's most pressing issues, Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (Dialogue of Civilizations, DOC) builds on the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations' expertise, bringing together global thought leaders from academia, public policy, business and civil society to debate and develop practice-based policy advice.
On 9 November 2001, following an initiative by Iranian leader Mohammad Khatami, UNESCO Member States unanimously adopted the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and the UN General Assembly presented its Global Agenda for Dialogue Among Civilisations, setting out the principles of intercultural dialogue to be defended and objectives to be achieved. The Dialogue of Civilizations emerged as a practical endeavor to implement this initiative.
In 2002, Dialogue of Civilizations was co-founded by Indian entrepreneur and visionary Jagdish Kapur, and DrVladimir Yakunin, business leader, philanthropist and Doctor of Political Sciences, as well as by the American businessman of Greek origin, Nicholas F.S. Papanicolaou.
In its 15-year history, Dialogue of Civilizations has held over 100 seminars, roundtables, and lectures. It has organized over 30 regional conferences in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and hosts the annual Rhodes Forum - an event that brings together experts from across the globe to address some of the most complex issues facing humanity.
Dialogue of Civilizations has published over 15 books, provides online courses in Dialogue of Civilizations, and has launched the educational initiative Schools of the Dialogue of Cultures.
Since 2013 it has enjoyed UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Consultative Status, and also collaborates with UNESCO.