International Debat (ID) har startet et samarbejde med NGO’en ’Dialogue of Civilizations’ (DOC) for at indsamle essays om unge menneskers bud på deres lands fremtid i året for FNs Verdensmål (2030). Der er præmier til de bedste essays.
Dialog mellem civilisationerog international debatmå siges at være to sider af samme sag, så et samarbejde mellem de to organisationer virker oplagt. DOC har siden 2002 været med til at skabe dialog mellem verdens nationer blandt andet gennem deres årlige event ”Rhodes Forum”, hvor prominente politikere, debattører, akademikere og andre med ekspertise og/eller interesse inden for international politik mødes for at debattere verdens problemer og mulige løsninger.
Nu har DOC så fået øjnene op for, at studerende også skal være en del af debatten. Det er trods alt os, der i fremtiden skal realisere løsningerne!
Essay-konkurrence: Essay-konkurrencen ‘My country, our world in 2030’ giver unge mennesker mulighed for at give deres bud på både problemer og løsninger i et skriv om, hvordan de ser deres land og resten af Europa udvikle sig frem mod 2030. Året, hvor FNs Verdensmål gerne skal være opnået.
Er du træt af, at dine begavede pointer og indsigter kun læses af lektor og censor? Så brug din viden og del dine holdninger med ID og DOC ved at indsende et essay inden 31. marts til firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bidrager man med et vinder-essay, får man mulighed for at præsentere sit essay til Rhodes Forum 2019 samt ved andre internationale konferencer med tilstedeværelse af statsledere, ambassadører, topembedsmænd, virksomhedsejere og anerkendte professorer. Der er dertil en række fede præmier såsom et gratis, valgfrit sommerskoleophold.
Samarbejdet med DOC åbner ligeledes muligheden for, at alle IDs medlemmer kan deltage ved diverse fremtidige konferencer, events og seminarer.
DOC havde ved sidste års Rhodes Forum især fokus på ordet ”multi”: multilateralisme, multipolaritet og multikulturalisme. Nedenstående er et interview med DOCs presseansvarlige, Agnieszka Rzepa, foretaget af Celine La Cour fra ID i forbindelse med sidste års Rhodes Forum:
What is the purpose of the Rhodes Forum 2018?
The Rhodes Forum is the flagship conference of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC RI) and the DOC RI is creating a space for the international expert community, business-persons, academics and policymakers, to join each other in an intellectual effort to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues like infrastructure underdevelopment, economic inequality and civilizational and religious conflicts.
This year the 16th Rhodes Forum was titled: “Making Multilateralism Work: Enhancing Dialogue on Peace, Security, and Development”. It examined how the age of multilateralism impacts international relations, and what role dialogue can play in easing tensions and preventing major conflicts between global powers and civilizations. This draws a complex picture including resource disparity and infrastructure challenges on the one hand, and technological advances on the other. Rapid technological advancements bring great opportunities, unforeseen in past decades, however it also raises the issue of how to ensure that progress in digitalization and artificial intelligence coincides with the wellbeing of humanity. Our focus was further strengthened by a dedicated Africa summit – a session for leaders, senior officials, and respected experts devoted to key aspects of the future of Africa. Developments in Africa need to be keenly observed and as an international think tank we want to be part of this discussion and consult by sharing our policy recommendations as a basis for further discussion of political, economic and social issues. These policy recommendations can be found on www.doc-research.org.
What does DOC hope to achieve?
Our mission is to foster inter-civilizational dialogue based on an appreciation of cultural diversity and a common interest in sustainable economic development. The DOC is also a platform for exchanging opinions on a variety of pressing geopolitical issues including East-West relations.We believe that mutual understanding is the fundamental prerequisite for inclusive development and that open, respectful and equitable dialogue is essential in times of dramatic global change and uncertainty.
Providing a platform for enhancing exchange, equally free of paternalism and accusations, between representatives from the Western and the non-Western world is a key element of the mission of DOC Research Institute. We enjoy diverse partnerships with a broad network of organizations which include over 40 NGOs worldwide. The people who participate in the Rhodes Forum come from very different backgrounds and areas of expertise. Everyone brings their own perspective and experience. But everyone who attends Rhodes shares one very important characteristic: they are motivated to change our world for the better through dialogue between cultures and civilizations.
Why is the world moving towards multipolarity?
The world is becoming smaller and more reachable through globalization the last 20 years. Foreign Affairs play a more and more important role, same as trade, terrorism, infrastructure and production. People and actors have better and quicker access to international resources through communication forms like the internet.New actors arise and they have their own vision of how they want to be seen in times of globalization. This is the time where it might come to multipolarity. For this reason, multilateralism is the most efficient and perhaps indispensable way of easing tensions and preventing major conflicts between global powers and civilizations. An unwillingness by many international leaders to cooperate with one another remains, rather than a focus on shared interests and collaboration. In emerging economies, infrastructure gives hope for such cooperation, however it is evading certain regions, such as the African continent.
Inequality persists in both developed and developing economies and in countries with different types of political regimes, prompting the question of what kind of governance is conducive to sustainable and inclusive development. There is yet to be a holistic and inclusive framework that can help us address current crises and navigate in the milieu of norms and shared human values.
What can we do to further dialogue and multilateralism?
One of the most important methods to dialogue is to be open and tolerant for all kind of existence of civilizations on this planet. This includes different cultures, human beings, forms of legislation, living forms, traditions, politics, etc. In mutual understanding and respect the goal should be conflict prevention or solution, finding common and peaceful ways to live together on this planet and share the same resources. The Dialogue of Civilizations is an institute whose mission is to promote mutual understanding, inclusive development and equitable dialogue. It seeks to develop policy proposals based on scientific research which address key challenges faced by the international community. Starting from that maybe global multilateralism can be possible.