Global Forces, Local Voices: 12–14 June 2016 Post-Event Brief

On 12–14 June 2016, lead­ing fig­ures in global pol­i­tics gath­ered in Andorra la Vella for the VIII High-Level Meet­ing of the Nizami Gan­javi Inter­na­tional Cen­ter. The meet­ing pro­vided a space for over twenty cur­rent and for­mer Pres­i­dents, Prime Min­is­ters and Min­is­ters, together with key experts and lead­ing schol­ars, to engage with one of the most press­ing issues fac­ing the world today – namely glob­al­i­sa­tion and its socio-economic con­se­quences. The meet­ing – organ­ised in coop­er­a­tion with the Fun­dació Julià Reig – built on the find­ings of the 2016 Baku Forum, which reviewed the chal­lenges of an increas­ingly mul­ti­po­lar world and explored options to over­come them.



Towards a Multipolar World: 10–11 March 2016 Meeting Report

On 10–11 March 2016, the Fourth Global Baku Forum con­vened in Baku to dis­cuss the chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties of a mul­ti­po­lar world, as well as real solu­tions to the press­ing crises cur­rently ongo­ing in Syria and Ukraine. More than fifty cur­rent and for­mer Heads of State, Min­is­ters and Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, as well as key thinkers and lead­ing experts, came together for this high-level event which rep­re­sents an increas­ingly impor­tant space for global dia­logue. The out­comes of the Forum serve as the basis for the “Baku 20” — twenty con­crete pro­pos­als for a more peace­ful and equi­table world.



Building Trust in the Emerging/ New World Order: 28–29 April 2015 Meeting Report

On 28–29 April 2015, over 400 par­tic­i­pants from 60 coun­tries, includ­ing Pres­i­dent Aliyev, Rosen Plevneliev (Pres­i­dent of Bul­garia), Gjorge Ivanov (Pres­i­dent of Mace­do­nia), and Joseph Mus­cat (Prime Min­is­ter of Malta), along with more than 40 for­mer Heads of State, four Min­is­ters and 18 Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, gath­ered in Baku to dis­cuss the chal­lenges to the cur­rent world order and chart options for the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity. The title of this year’s forum, “Build­ing Trust in the Emerging/New World Order” con­denses in a sin­gle line the titanic task the par­tic­i­pants embarked on.



On 26–28 Jan­u­ary 2016, more than thirty emi­nent leaders-including cur­rent and for­mer Pres­i­dents, Prime min­is­ters and renowned schol­ars from the East and the West as well as reli­gious representatives-gathered in Rome to dis­cuss the issue of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and extrem­ism in the 21st cen­tury and the ways inter­faith dia­logue could address it. As such, we see inter­faith dia­logue as a forum to ame­lio­rate con­flict, and to encour­age rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in sit­u­a­tions where reli­gion is not the dri­ving force.

Organ­is­ing dia­logue across reli­gious bound­aries would thus enable peo­ple to per­form their sacred duty as peace­mak­ers within their respec­tive faith traditions1. This meet­ing took place in the Grand Hotel Min­erva in Rome, with the open­ing ses­sion being hosted at the Ital­ian Sen­ate, in the spec­tac­u­lar Sala Zuc­cari of the Palazzo Gius­tini­ani, as well as an offi­cial cer­e­mony hosted by the Pres­i­dent of the Ital­ian Repub­lic, Ser­gio Matarella, with inter­ven­tions from the Nizami Gan­javi Inter­na­tional Cen­tre Board of Trustees’ co-chairs, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga and Ismail Ser­ageldin.

Through­out the con­fer­ence, par­tic­i­pants tack­led the piv­otal ques­tion of what could be learned from the past and present prac­tice of inter­faith dia­logue, while dis­cussing the ways inter­na­tional pol­i­cy­mak­ers could ele­vate inter­faith dia­logue as a gen­uine instru­ment for con­flict.



New Visions of Partnership & Neighbourhood for Europe’ Sofia, 8–9 October 2015 Meeting Report

On the 8th and 9th of Octo­ber 2015, twenty-one lead­ers from front­line states fac­ing the twin chal­lenges of eco­nomic devel­op­ment and a surge of refugees gath­ered in Sofia to dis­cuss new visions for part­ner­ship and neigh­bour­hood for Europe. Their dis­cus­sion focused on con­crete steps to forge a con­sen­sus in address­ing the refugee cri­sis and related eco­nomic, polit­i­cal and moral issues fac­ing Europe.   The two-day con­fer­ence was spon­sored and organ­ised by the Nizami Gan­javi Inter­na­tional Cen­ter, under the aus­pices of the Pres­i­dent of Bul­garia, Rosen Plevneliev.  Bul­garia, with thou­sands of refugees and migrants in tran­sit camps, is one of sev­eral South East Euro­pean coun­tries strain­ing to con­tend with the refugee cri­sis. The ques­tion of sol­i­dar­ity was of fore­most con­cern for the con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants: unity within the EU, with those who are not mem­bers of EU, and with the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity, whose sup­port and coop­er­a­tion are nec­es­sary to address the sit­u­a­tion in the short and long term. The con­fer­ence organ­is­ers hope that, with the estab­lish­ment of con­sen­sus over key issues, the out­come of the dis­cus­sions will help build a basis for sol­i­dar­ity and a road map to nav­i­gate the cur­rent polit­i­cal, eco­nomic and human­i­tar­ian chal­lenges.




Building Trust in the Wider Europe’ Brussels, 19–20 February 2015 Meeting Report

In prepa­ra­tion for the 2015 Baku Global Shared Soci­eties Forum on 26–27 April, the Nizami Gan­javi Inter­na­tional Cen­tre con­vened a group of high-level par­tic­i­pants, includ­ing for­mer heads of state, and its mem­bers to dis­cuss crit­i­cal issues sur­round­ing peace and secu­rity in the wider Europe. Dur­ing two days the par­tic­i­pants shared their expe­ri­ence in an open and frank dis­cus­sion, and pro­duced a num­ber of ideas on how trust could be re-established in inter­na­tional rela­tions. The meet­ing was a timely effort against the low lev­els of trust on — and between — lead­ers in the Wider Europe. Already at the 2015 Munich Secu­rity Con­fer­ence, Russ­ian, Amer­i­can and Ger­man lead­ers dis­cussed the valid­ity of the Helsinki Act and the Paris Agree­ment, two for­merly unshak­able pil­lars of peace and sta­bil­ity that are now being called into ques­tion. It is clear that is a time for respon­si­ble action for lead­ers to rein­still trust and con­fi­dence across the con­ti­nent.   This report is a dis­til­la­tion of the dis­cus­sions held in Brus­sels, the chal­lenges iden­ti­fied, and the rec­om­men­da­tions that came out of the meet­ing. It includes a record of sug­ges­tions of ways for­ward, which will inform the 2015 Baku Forum and serve as inspi­ra­tion for global lead­ers in rebuild­ing trust in and beyond Europe.

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