PREVENTING WORLD WAR 100 YEARS LATER: THROUGH GLOBAL SOLIDARITY
In the midst of the unfolding new Cold War a monstrous specter is emerging: the threat of a Third World War with truly global proportions. The roots of this threat reside in the project of a "New World Order" of global domination pursued by a totalizing ideology subduing the diversity of cultural traditions and of the historical "world pictures" of humanity and nature. The World Public Forum -"Dialogue of Civilizations" - together with dozens of other international NGO's and hundreds of independent intellectuals - is aware of the need to foster global solidarity in order to counter short-sighted global agendas with the principles of international law and civilizational dialogue congruent with the idea of a future democratic world order. The principle of dialogue, in particular, is needed to resist the relentless global standardizations and homogenization of cultures and ways of life under the aegis of hegemonic uniformity. The same principle is also required to foster widespread awareness of the ongoing destruction of the environment and of the ecological habitat appropriate for a viable human existence on earth.