Leaders Participated in the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”

The 10th Anniversary Session of the World Public Forum took part at Rhodes, Greece, October 3-7, 2012.  Many pro-family leaders of the world participated in the special thematic plenary session named “The Family in a Changing World and demographic perspectives for humanity”.

The moderators of the session were Natalia Yakunina (Russia, Chairman of the All-Russian Sanctity of Motherhood Program Board of Trustees), Lawrence Jacobs (USA, Managing Director of the World Congress of Families), and Christine de Vollmer (Venezuela, President of the Latin American Alliance for the Family, Member of the Pontifical Council for Family). Many other prominent civil society leaders took part at the session.

The President of the FamilyPolicy.Ru and World Congress of Families Ambassador to the UN Alexey Komov spoke on the “Family Policy in Russia: Success Factors and Road Map for Coming Years” during the family plenary session.

The final Declaration of the 10th Anniversary Session of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” stresses:

«In terms of the family, inter-civilizational dialogue can only be fruitful within respect for the natural unchanging values of humanity – the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death, the importance of traditions for development, the holiness of motherhood, the role of fatherhood, the recognition of man as a social creature, and the value of family for the continuity of the generations. Therefore, a basic civilizational constant is the “Natural Family” based upon the union of a man and a woman, through marriage for the purposes of building a vital home economy and binding the generations. Even in modern society, more than 70% of economic goods and services are still produced inside the home but not counted in measures of national output. Therefore, strong, stable families with a mother and father in the home, contribute to a healthy global economy, generate social capital, help maintain of a culture of peace, and provide a unique opportunity to address all of the major problems including poverty, violence, education and healthcare found in contemporary society. The Natural Family as recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) is a “sine-qua-non” condition for survival and sustainable development of all nations and civilizations, and the basic and integral condition for demographic well-being.»


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