world is spending $1.6 trillion per year on defense while
the basic aspects of human security remain sorely unmet.
Over 1.2 billion people in the world live on less than $1
per day. Another 2 billion people live on less than $2 per
day. That translates into half the world’s 6.2 billion
people struggling to survive daily on less than $2 per day.
and perceived threats fuel the momentum for a continued
diversion of resources into arms production and military
proliferation. If our goal is to mitigate conflicts and
reverse dangerous trends that provoke a global cultural
clash, then a realistic response must be rooted in a shift
in global discourse. Dialogue is a proper instrument to
achieve a new paradigm of global relations.
a rapidly globalizing world where the lines between domestic
and foreign policy are increasingly blurred we need strategies
that build transnational alliances across cultural boundaries
to confront fundamentalism and weaken the justifications
for further militarization.
illustrious example of promoting dialogue under adversarial
conditions is Ted Turner’s Sky Bridge between the
US and Soviet Union during the Cold War. It demonstrates
a replicable model that can be expanded exponentially.
to the UN report on the Year of Dialogue among Civilizations,
events during the last decade or more have shown that the number
of players on the international scene has dramatically increased.
Significant stakeholders are no longer only restricted to nation
states. Nongovernmental organizations, multilateral institutions,
corporations and even single individuals have a formidable role
in shaping the future of international society.
We propose bringing together people who can set in motion a process
leading to a paradigm shift for a system of collective security
based on a global New Deal that addresses the root causes of global
insecurity by promoting creative solutions such as a Marshall
plan for the broader Middle East region initially proposed by
HM King Abdullah
II. These visionaries will devise practical ways to construct
an infrastructure for global dialogue to prevent further cultural
and religious fragmentation and address the needs for building
new innovative regional and global institutions.
The leaders will aim to build strategic alliances among global
institutions such as the United Nations, European Union, Arab
League, African Union; film and media industries; and private
sector organizations particularly in information and communications
technologies. Other strategic stakeholders would include civil
society groups, such as think tanks, academics, etc. Participants
will bring the intellectual and financial resources, a vast global
network and a range of diverse global experiences that can be
leveraged toward making a historical breakthrough by realignment
of global forces around universal progressive principals and the
reinventing of global institutions.
We are bringing leaders together who have shaped global trends,
even acted as trailblazers at different stages of their life,
and are interested in a non-linear thinking process, creative
discourse and most importantly in implementing their ideas, so
the strategies we develop are practical and have a built-in implementation
path. The strategies and tools are directed at building a communications
infrastructure to support global collaboration and multilateralism,
pluralism and alliances among civilizations.