Voller Erfolg des Salzburg "Dialog unter den Zivilisationen"

Teilnehmer befürworten Fortsetzung dieses Dialoges von historischer Bedeutung

Fuschl (OTS) - Angesichts der grundlegenden und langfristigen Bedeutung der Thematik des "Dialoges unter den Zivilisationen" haben die Dialogteilnehmer heute die Notwendigkeit der Weiterführung des Dialoges hervorgehoben und regten der Co-Gastgeberin Aussenministerin Benita Ferrero-Waldner gegenüber mehrfach eine Fortführung dieses Runden Tisches in Salzburg an.

Das Ergebnis der heutigen Tagung wurde von den Tagungsteilnehmer wie folgt zusammengefaßt:

Salzburg Reflections

Salzburg Dialogue among Civilizations
(28 August 2001)

The Salzburg Dialogue among Civilizations was convened in the framework of the United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations bringing together participants from various regions and backgrounds to discuss the potential of the Dialogue among Civilizations as a new paradigm of international relations. The results of these discussions will feed into the ongoing work of the United Nations on this subject which will culminate in a Special Session of the General Assembly on 3 - 4 December 2001.

The following are some of the reflections which emanate from the discussions:

As the reality of a more interdependent world is pushing us ever closer together, we will have to improve our management of diversity.

Science, technology, communication, migration, trade, finance and diseases are becoming increasingly borderless, affecting our societies in an unprecedented manner. Yet, culture and religion are re-emerging as major driving forces in the political set-up of our world.

Globalisation and localisation are two sides of the same coin but it may need dialogue to avoid confrontation between the two. Dialogue necessitates a change of mindset, which has to be based on trust. Civilisations are anchored in a common set of values we all share and in our common aspiration for peace, justice, partnership and truth.

We recognize that many walls have been built throughout human history, too many of them in recent times. Ethnicity, religion and culture have repeatedly been misused as reasons for enmity and war.

The most practical way to create trust is "to build together" across the divide. We recognise a growing fatigue with human conflict and violence, therefore we are witnessing a common yearning for human solidarity. Much has been accomplished by the existing international institutions yet much more has to be done.

The new heroes of this dialogue will be different from our heroes of the past. They will be those who stand ready to extend their hand, to listen to the other, to take advantage of the commonality which unites us, and to expand our faith in our common humanity.

What we can pass on to the next generations is therefore a willingness to learn from each other instead of a fear of diversity. Future generations will bear witness to the realisation of a successful policy of dialogue and reap the fruits. It is our responsibility to sow the seeds.

The call for a dialogue among civilizations comes from those who want to meet this challenge aimed at governance through inclusion.

"War begins in the mind of those who perceive diversity as a threat" (John Hume).

"Peace begins in the mind of those who perceive diversity as an element of betterment and growth" (Kofi Annan).