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World Public Forum to focus on global crisis, social challenges

October 03, 2012, 8:24 UTC+3

The session will focus on the global financial crisis and social challenges

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MOSCOW, October 3 (Itar-Tass) — The tenth session of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” opens on Wednesday on Greek’s Rhodes Island. The session will focus on the global financial crisis and social challenges.

Representatives from more than 80 countries will paticipate. The main program will begin on Thursday. “Much attention will be paid to the situation in the Middle East, particularly the situation around Syria and Iran,” sources from the organizing committee said. “Discussions are also scheduled on preserving family values, as well as on youth movements and the role of the media community in the present-day world,” the sources added.

Traditionally the forum will be opened by its founding-president, President of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin. “A dialogue among civilizations can counter political manipulations, the division of people basing on confessional principle,” the organizers of the forum stressed.

“The present-day global crisis may bring us back to the ‘Cold War’ times. As long as there is hope for the future, intellectuals must not sit back and do nothing,” they emphasized.

Analysts assess the program of the anniversary session as rather busy. Its participants are expected to sum up the results of Forum’s activity in ten years and outline the future plan of action.

Many experts agree that the Rhodes forum has turned into a major discussion platform, while development models and models for the settlement of crisis situations presented by scientists and researches may interests the world political elite.

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