A FORUM FOR DISCUSSION OF GLOBAL ISSUES
39 Riga Fereou Str., Ag.Omologitae, P.O.Box 23992, CY-1687 Nicosia, Cyprus.
People talking face to face...
are no longer enemies but other human beings with problems to solve.
The Centre for World Dialogue is founded on the belief that conflicts can be prevented more effectively through engagement and dialogue than through sanctions, containment, or the threat of force. The Centre initiates and encourages dialogue on political, social, economic, and religious issues of global and regional concern, between individuals and organisations.
The Centre for World Dialogue is a non-aligned, non-profit organisation, with no affiliation to any government or political body. Funding for programmes comes from individual and private contributions. Based in Cyprus, the Centre enjoys the advantages of the island's unique position as a bridge between East and West, as well as its superb conference and communication facilities. The Centre also has representative offices in Paris, London, Geneva and Washington D.C.
The Centre publishes books and occasional papers, as well as the quarterly journal Global Dialogue, presenting topics from differing or opposing perspectives.
The Centre houses an extensive library of books and journals at its Nicosia headquarters, where a staff librarian is available to assist with research queries locally and internationally.
Each year the Centre organises several international conferences, symposia and seminars to promote dialogue on issues of international contention.
Recent examples include:
Children's Rights and Wrongs
Organised in co-operation with UNICEF, the conference evaluates the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, addressing the appalling conditions of millions of children world wide, exploited in warfare, child slavery, prostitution and child labour. Nicosia, 1998.
Hostage Meets Captor: Towards a Reconciliation
Two decades after the ordeal that severed US-Iran relations, the Centre organised an historic meeting between Barry Rosen, an American diplomat held hostage in Tehran, and Abbas Abdi, leader of the captors, in the hope that such informal engagements may facilitate a rapprochement between the two countries. Paris 1998.
Political Islam and the West
Islam and fundamentalism has become synonymous with fanaticism and terrorism in the mainstream political commentary of the West, fuelled by negative media portrayal. The conference, organised in co-operation with Rutgers University's Middle Eastern Studies Programme, created opportunities for informed debate and constructive analysis of issues, free from systems of indoctrination and propaganda. Nicosia. 1997.
Conferences co-sponsored with other organisations:
The New Oil Scramble: The Caspian, Iran, Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean - with the Centre for Research and Development, Intercollege. Nicosia, 1998.
The Renewal of Islamic Religious Thought in Iran - with the Association for the Study and Development of Intercultural Exchanges, Paris, 1998.
US-Iran Relations in Clinton's Second Term: International Perspectives with the American-Iranian Council, Washington DC, 1997.
European Security in the Post-Cold War Period: Implications for the Mediterranean - with the Centre for Research and Development, Intercollege, Nicosia, 1997.
Founders: Hossein Alikhani & Jila Faramarzi
President: Hossein Alikhani
Board of Governors
Meetings (such as the one) organized by the Centre for World Dialogue are an example of the major contribution that members of civil society can bring to the creation of a culture of peace which UNESCO actively promotes. It shows that members of civil society need not passively wait for politicians to construct peace, that they can create a climate propitious to dialogue and reconciliation, the indispensable ingredients of peace.
Federico Mayor, Director-General, UNESCO Paris, August 3 UNESCOPRESSE release No. 98-165